Thursday 23 November 2017

Irish boss lends McShane support

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has defended his continued support of Paul McShane, expressing the opinion that the Hull City player is on the upgrade.

The Wicklow man endured a difficult second half at the Emirates Stadium in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to Brazil where he started in central defence in the absence of Richard Dunne.

Trapattoni has consistently used McShane since his appointment, even though the 24-year-old was on the receiving end of sharp criticism for his role in the concession of a key goal against Italy in Bari and then allowing Thierry Henry slip in on his blindside before the handball in Paris that ended Ireland's World Cup dream.

However, the Italian does not believe that the ex-Manchester United youth was to blame and reckons that the defender is improving the psychological side of his game.

"In France? No, the ball . . . it was offside," he said, "In Bari (where McShane was moved from right-back into the central defence following a torrid opening half) it was a different interpretation, it showed that he had a different football schooling. It is habits they pick up with their club. With their club, they are seen and judged in a different way but when they come with us, we tell them otherwise.

"Before, he gives team the situations. I ask, 'why you do this foul?'. Richard Dunne, before me, he fouled too much as well. And then there was a card and he was suspended. But now, Dunne is one of the best stoppers. They must understand the situation."

So, in essence, Trapattoni feels that the Kiltipper man has improved his concentration, and also hailed Fulham's Stephen Kelly in this regard, on an evening where the Irish defence was considerably weakened by Dunne and John O'Shea's unavailability.

"I was very happy for Paul McShane, because at first he used to make many fouls. He was unsure. He always wanted to take the ball. On Tuesday, he was calm, and he controlled the ball and pass the ball. I have said to him that you must not go for every ball.

"Sure, in the second half, he was tired and he make mistake. And St Ledger make a mistake as well, but I like how Paul played. I was happy for him, and I also like how Kelly played against Robinho."

Irish Independent

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