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O'Neill full of praise for Ireland hero Aiden

MARTIN O'Neill celebrated his first three competitive points as an international manager with words of praise for his two-goal hero Aiden McGeady.

O'Neill was clearly delighted with the man he has flagged on several occasions as a potential match winner for Ireland.

"Aiden is the only player capable of scoring that goal. He is a fantastic talent. He thinks he should be up there among the very finest players. He has that talent and showed it tonight," he said.

"There is a lot of talk about his goals to game ration but at least that's improving now," he added with a grin.

"We controlled the game, when they scored it changed the game, changed the momentum of the game and gave the crowd something to cheer about. There were moments in the second half when we had cause to be worried.

"There's a definite improvement in the team. The last 15 minutes there was some wayward crossing when we needed it to be better. You didn't want to concede one and end up losing a game you had been reasonably in control of.

"I thought that for us playing away from home we had plenty of possession. We might not have been fruitful in our attempts to get a second goal, Georgia allowed us to have the ball.

"When they scored they got some momentum going. They have some very talented players and perhaps they weren't at their very best. I didn't thin tonight was their best night.

"I was surprised Georgia looked as if they were settling for a draw. It was their first game and players get tired and they were thinking we've secured a point, a decent start to the competition."