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Coleman's pat on back for Shane


Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

A win and a clean sheet on a night when he wore the captain's armband is a pretty good night out in Dublin, if you are Seamus Coleman.

And the Everton defender believes that the new arrivals on the Ireland scene have given manager Martin O'Neill food for thought as he plans to name his 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 finals.

"Nobody's slacking off in training. Everyone's honestly trying to impress as best they can, as you can imagine. The tempo's been very good," Coleman said after the win.


"It was a great win. It's all about coming in and trying to perform as well as you can for the manager and the backroom staff.

"The lads that have come in have done very well. We all came in excited, because the Euros are around the corner and it makes it all that much better and makes it even sweeter."

Coleman was impressed with how man-of-the-match Shane Duffy fared.

"It was a bit of a new look back four. Shane's obviously done very well at Blackburn and the manager decided to reward him last night and I thought he was excellent," added Coleman.

"We were under the cosh at times but without ever looking like they were going to score.

"We defended well. We possibly could have done a bit better at times in the final third but we got the goal and they never looked like scoring.

Duffy, winning only his second senior cap, feels he did well and was pleased to end that long wait for his second cap.

"This is a bonus because I haven't been involved before, really. I thought I played well at club level and obviously, I'm delighted to be picked by the manager," said Duffy.

"It's been on my mind [that there was a big gap between caps], so I'm delighted to be picked."

Goal-scorer Ciaran Clark was the unexpected hero for Ireland, as he marked his 17th international appearance with a rare goal, boosting his chances of making it to France.

"It was a good 90 minutes, I got off to a pretty good start with the goal and while they had a lot of possession, I felt we were fairly comfortable throughout the game," said the Aston Villa man.

"Personally, it was obviously good to get a goal but as defenders we judge ourselves on clean sheets and that was just as important as far as I'm concerned," added Clark, impressed his with his defensive sidekick Duffy.,

"Obviously, Shane's a brilliant player and we struck up a good partnership there and I felt we looked pretty comfortable throughout. There's loads of competition there, but it's all across the squad.

"Everyone's fighting for places now."