Wednesday 22 January 2020

Rowlands on . . .

That night in Paris

I watched it at home. I couldn't really get up to much because I was on crutches and had the leg brace on. I felt the same as everyone, it was just devastating with the way it happened. It just seemed to be so unjust and unfair. But that needs to be put to bed now. We have to look to the next campaign, although I think that what happened in the second game has brought a new perspective to Irish football and given everyone a positive boost. We know what is possible.

Fellow injury victim Steven Reid

He was with us on loan before Christmas and I was speaking to him. Obviously he's had some bad ones, a cruciate and another knee problem, but he's back fit and strong now. He was unlucky at QPR because he tweaked his hamstring and was out for a couple of weeks. I know he's back playing now and I'm happy for him. I just hope he stays injury free for the rest of his career because he's a top lad and deserves some luck.

The Trap Factor

We had an Italian here previously, Luigi Di Canio, so it wasn't new for me to work with a continental manager. Mr Trapattoni is good around the lads and is very positive and, tactically, he's fantastic. He gave me a chance to make an impression and he seemed to have a positive feeling about me. The ten days around the Italy and Montenegro games were brilliant for me. It was just a shame it ended the way it did.

Irish Independent

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