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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Coleman: it's all about the results

Ireland captain breaks the deadlock after terrible start

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman (r) celebrates scoring his goal with James McClean against Georgia last night
Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman (r) celebrates scoring his goal with James McClean against Georgia last night

Séamus Coleman marked his 40th cap with his first-ever international goal and the Everton defender feels that the Republic of Ireland are still on course for World Cup qualification.

Ireland claimed a 1-0 win at home to Georgia last night thanks to Coleman's 50th minute goal, the scrappy strike gifting Ireland the win which puts them level at the top of the group table.

"It was a good result, and this campaign is all about the results, we move on now to the next game and all we want to do is qualify," said Coleman.

On some levels it was a great night for Ireland as Austria and Wales played out a 2-2 draw, the result which O'Neill had hoped for. Over in Chisinau, Moldova went down 3-0 at home to Serbia and the Moldovans will now have to raise themselves for Sunday's game at home to Ireland.

But there were downsides as well. Jeff Hendrick picked up his second booking of the campaign and he will be out for the next game on Sunday, while Robbie Brady suffered a nasty-looking injury in a clash of heads with Solomon Krkvelia and he is also now a doubt, with the FAI tweeting soon after he was replaced that Brady was "conscious" in the dressing room and was being looked after by the medical staff.

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