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Defeat takes gloss off Deegan debut

FORMER Bohemians man Gary Deegan says that defeat for Coventry City against Ipswich Town on Saturday took the shine off his full debut, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Deegan was handed his first start by Coventry boss Chris Coleman for their home against Roy Keane's side, and it seemed like a dream debut when Clinton Morrison gave Coventry the lead. But a goal four minutes into injury time from Pablo Counago gave Keane a 3-2 win.

"It was a big week for myself with making my full debut but a goal like that right at the end is hard to take considering how hard we battled to get something from the game," said Deegan. "The manager was not happy about the amount of injury time played but we wasn't happy either with the way we switched off at the end of the game," added Deegan.

Manager Keane, who tried to bring Deegan to Ipswich last year but had a bid rejected, said his side got what they deserved. "You have to play to the final whistle. I've been told since the age of six or seven to always play to the final whistle," said Keane.