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James McClean, Republic of Ireland, in action against Guram Kashia, Georgia. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

James McClean, Republic of Ireland, in action against Guram Kashia, Georgia. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Giovanni Trapattoni. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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James McClean, Republic of Ireland, in action against Guram Kashia, Georgia. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

McCarthy part of Trapattoni's 'circle of trust' at last.

GIOVANNI Trapattoni is a convert. Finally, after many false starts and misundertandings, James McCarthy and James McClean have been admitted into the Ireland manager's circle of trust. Maybe even Wes Hoolahan too!.

"I said it would be important to see how this one man James McCarthy improved.

"He played very, very well. I gave him congratulations after the game. His personality grows and he can grow again," drooled Trap at the after match press conference

"In the second-half, it was James McClean," said Trap, clearly pleased with a man he has fallen out with before.

"This was a good result for the future. It gives us a more concrete possibility to think that we are a team, a team that can achieve results."

Trapattoni seemed to be surprised at how well Hoolahan coped with the phsyical demands of holding down a place in central midfield.

"It was important to see him in midfield.

"It was important to see how he coped phsyically. As the second striker, he gets more support but he played well and covered a lot of ground. He also two or tree very important passes.

"We can have trust in him for the future," said Trapattoni.

Can Hoolahan make the same impact as a starter against the Faroes?

"We can think about this., For the Faroes, it is important to evaluate because we have McCarthy and Long suspended. We still have Glenn Whelan but without McCarthy, Hoolahan could be a good option for the Faroes.

"Obviously we are happy with the result.

"I said before the game to the team that they should not underestimate Georgia afer the result in England. I think we started a little bit nerviously in the first 10 minutes."

"We missed some passes but the offensive attitude and play from Shane Long changed the game," he said.

Trapattoni reserved some special words of praise for two-goal Robbie Keane who also equalled Shay Given's 125 cap record when he came on as a second-half substitute.

"Robbie was destined to play to play football. He continues to show us his quality. There are players who feel the game, feel the goal. Hoolahan has the same quality and McCarthy too."

"Robbie showed us that he is not finished and that he will continue to show us his quality in every game he plays."


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