Monday 5 December 2016

'Glenn our unsung hero'

Glenn Whelan grapples with Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Glenn Whelan grapples with Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Glenn Whelan picked up a yellow card for his efforts but Séamus Coleman believes that the midfielder deserves a large dose of praise for his display in Paris last night, Whelan a large part of the reason why Zlatan Ibrahimovic remained quiet for parts of the encounter.

"I thought the lads handled him really well and Glenn was brilliant, he was another unsung hero. Glenn does a great job for us and I thought he was great again last night," Coleman said after the 1-1 draw, an outcome which bore the after-taste of a loss for defender Coleman.

"It felt like a defeat. It's a point on the board, but disappointing not to see it out. We were quite dominant for a lot of the game and had a lot of chances.

"It's a pity we didn't get three points but it's a point on the board. We go into Saturday's game now and we know that we are a hard team to beat. Not many teams will like to play against us. We'll look for three points in the next couple of games.

"But we are disappointed, definitely disappointed not to get all three points, but we won't look at it negatively. Look, we probably should have seen the game out but we didn't. But it's a point on the board, which is important. Going into the next two games we won't be afraid of either of the two teams," added Coleman, pleased with how the defence dealt with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I thought we were very dominant and we can be confident about that. Clarky (Ciarán Clark) and Josh (John O'Shea) kept the big man quiet for large periods of the game.

"Unfortunately they got the goal but we were quite dominant. We just sat back a little too much after we scored," says Coleman, backing Clark to recover from his own goal.

"Clarky is very experienced and very mature. He knows no one is pointing the finger. I thought he was brilliant - some unbelievable defensive headers."

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