Thursday 15 November 2018

'I just gave everything for the nation' - Aiden O'Brien hoping he made a statement in Poland draw

Ireland goalscorer Aiden O’Brien is congratulated by Roy Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland goalscorer Aiden O’Brien is congratulated by Roy Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland debutant Aiden O'Brien hopes that his goalscoring debut in Wroclaw made a statement about his future intentions in the green jersey.

The Millwall player (pictured)was hailed by Martin O'Neill for a strong showing in a central striking role even though he is often deployed on the left side by his club.

And the 24-year-old was jubilant after a dream start to senior international football.

The London-born striker was in the right place to head home Callum O'Dowda's well-placed second-half cross.

"To get a start I was over the moon and my family were so proud," said O'Brien. "To top it off with a goal ... I'm speechless.

"The manager told us before the game in the hotel. I was relaxed out there, and just gave everything for the nation. Long may it continue.

"I'm here to be counted. One day I want to lead the line for Ireland, whatever game it may be.

"I want to be here for a long time. Hopefully today I made a statement.

"We bounced back today, we were solid."

Irish Independent

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