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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Gibson earns Ferguson praise

"I've softened them up for you," says Damien Richardson as he passes Alex Ferguson outside the press room. "Nae one could dae that," he burrs.

Asked about Wayne Rooney's nocturnal excursions, the irascible Scot was sternly stoic. "I'm no getting into that," he scoffed when asked about the English striker, who fluffed three glorious chances in the opening half of last night's Aviva opener.

"Wayne has only been training for six days and 45 minutes was enough for him, he's ready for games but it's not enough for big competitions. I'll have to play him against Chelsea in order to get him ready for Newcastle. For once, the internationals are a real bonus for us.

"I thought it was a great night for us. The whole crowd enjoyed it, especially when the Irish team scored. Most of the crowd were supporting Manchester United but when the Irish lad scored, the whole stadium cheered. I thought that was nice.

"We scored some good goals tonight and I'm very excited about some of the younger strikers we have at the club. Darron Gibson will be important for us and I think John O'Shea can play until he's 40."

Airtricity League XI manager Damien Richardson admitted that the result was inevitable and insisted that domestic players could only improve if regularly exposed to the highest level of the game.

"We're after playing one of the best teams in world football," he said. "Am I surprised by the margin? Yes, I thought it was going to be eight! The result was never going to be in any doubt."

David Kelly

Irish Independent

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