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'O'Neill was right to put me in my place' says Meyler

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GRATEFUL: Ireland captain David Meyler (c) in training yesterday.  Photo: Sportsfile

GRATEFUL: Ireland captain David Meyler (c) in training yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

GRATEFUL: Ireland captain David Meyler (c) in training yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

David Meyler admits that he was "upset" after a disagreement with Ireland boss Martin O'Neill following the team's defeat to Wales in Cardiff last week.

But the midfielder, who replaces Séamus Coleman as Ireland captain for tonight's friendly against Poland in Wroclaw, says that the manager was right to put him in his place.

O'Neill said he had an "altercation" with Meyler after of the Welsh game, where the manager told a disappointed Meyler why he was not in the side.

"He didn't train brilliantly the next day, not brilliantly and he's a very good, very very good trainer and I have the utmost regard for him, but he didn't train well," O'Neill says of the session on the day after the loss to Wales.

"When I asked him he said he was disappointed at being left out of the team and I said: you have to do a wee bit more at club level, look at your form at club level."

And Meyler now admits that he had to be put in his place.

"I was frustrated that I hadn't played, the manager is correct in what he said. I hadn't trained brilliantly," says the Reading player.

"My emotions were sky high, the manner in which the game was and not playing. First and foremost you're a fan of your country's team and they are all my friends playing. It's disappointing and obviously I don't want to hear Wales go on about it, after our victory 10 months previous.

"The manager said some things to me, yeah, but first and foremost you do have to look at yourself in the mirror. Is my club form good enough? No. Are Reading in a bad situation? Yes, they are. First and foremost I need to address myself which I respect.

"He was right. At the time I was upset and annoyed. You do seem to see that he was correct," added Meyler.


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