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Kelly: I'll never forget my night at Yankee Stadium

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Stephen Kelly, Republic of Ireland, in action against Alvaro Arbeloa, Spain. Picture: Sportsfile

Stephen Kelly, Republic of Ireland, in action against Alvaro Arbeloa, Spain. Picture: Sportsfile

Stephen Kelly, Republic of Ireland, in action against Alvaro Arbeloa, Spain. Picture: Sportsfile

STEPHEN Kelly came through stormy waters to make it into Giovanni Trapattoni's team against Spain in New York and will carry the memory of Yankee Stadium with him for the rest of his life.

"I was a little disappointed because I nearly got my first goal," said Kelly, who hit the post in the last 10 minutes.

"It was a great save from (Iker) Casillas. I was peeling off thinking that might have gone in but it hit the crossbar and came out for Seán St Ledger only to be disallowed. It was very disappointing.

"I think at 1-1 it would have been a great game and then there was James McClean's chance. That could have changed the game.

"It was difficult but it was a great night, a great game to play in. At the end of your career, you're going to look back and remember nights like this, playing at the Yankee Stadium. You don't often get opportunities like this.

"You're playing against a world-class side and you know they're going to have probably 90 per cent possession but I thought we defended very well at times. We worked hard, kept a great shape and limited them to a number of chances and had a couple of chances ourselves.

 

POSSESSION

"It was a big improvement on the summer. I know they had a lot of possession and had some chances but overall I thought it was a very good performance.

"We worked very hard, closing people down and keeping a tight shape and against a team like that, that's all you can really do.

"We'll be disappointed with the goals. I think they could have been avoided.

"You're not going to play against teams that play the ball like that.

"Usually when you're playing against a good side they've got time on the ball. Even when they don't have time you've to be aware of them because they make that pass without even looking.

"You've got to be tipping them for the World Cup again next summer if that team stays fit.

"For us, it was a great test. It was a hot evening out there and overall I thought we performed admirably."


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