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Thursday 14 December 2017

Coleman 'disappointed' after sitting it out in Andorra

Seamus Coleman in pensive mood
at yesterday's Ireland press
conference ahead of tomorrow's
Euro 2012 clash with Armenia
Seamus Coleman in pensive mood at yesterday's Ireland press conference ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2012 clash with Armenia
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Seamus Coleman has admitted that he was frustrated to miss out on a place on the substitutes' bench in Andorra.

Coleman excelled in June's friendly win over Italy in Liege, and was geared up to build on that in the August friendly with Croatia.

Sadly, he was struck down in his final pre-season outing and was sidelined for a month. So, after missing the double-header against Slovakia and Russia, he came in for this gathering playing catch-up.

"I thought I'd done well in the Italy game," he says.

"I'd finally got a game and played 90 minutes and then I got that ankle injury. It was very frustrating.

"I was disappointed on Friday, but there were another five lads up in the stands who were in the same boat. No one's going to be happy when they're not on the bench.

"You want to be on the pitch and, if not on the pitch, then on the bench. But you just have to get on with it, work hard in training and see what happens. It was disappointing, though."

Certainly, Coleman's exclusion set tongues wagging, and he is aware that Eamon Dunphy had strong words on the television about his situation.

"Everyone's got opinions in football. It's good to hear the good things and not too good to hear the bad things.

"But you get to a stage where it doesn't really bother you -- the good or the bad. Personally, I need to do what I can to get on the pitch or bench.

"That's where I want to be. I don't want to be sitting in the stand."

Meanwhile, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted that delaying the journey back from Andorra might have been a "better" option after a lengthy trip that included an hour sitting on the runway in Barcelona Airport due to an excess of luggage having been loaded on the plane.

The FAI were forced to leave some equipment in Spain, with the confusion adding time to a journey that was composed of a three-hour bus ride, the wait on the plane, and then another three hours on the flight, which landed in Dublin just before 7.0am on Saturday morning.

It can't have helped skipper Robbie Keane's glute muscle problem. In other words, the Irish skipper has a pain in his backside.

The consequence of the protracted jaunt was that Friday's starting XI were given Saturday off, thus disappointing fans at an open training session for the squad in Tallaght.

They didn't overdo it in Malahide yesterday either, with assistant manager Marco Trapattoni stressing that the weekend was all about regaining energy.

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