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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Goal hero Doyle happy to have Robbie by his side

KEVIN DOYLE says he's delighted to have Robbie Keane as his strike partner this week as he doesn't have to work as a lone ranger.

The Wexford man enjoyed his first game at the RDS last night as he scored his eighth international goal in the 2-1 win over Paraguay, Doyle ended a five-game goal drought for Ireland, and also scored his first home goal in more than two years.

Doyle's had a lonely time up front for Wolves this season, being used in a one-man attack by Mick McCarthy, so he was happy to see Keane as his sidekick last night. And Doyle certainly delivered, opening the scoring for Ireland on six minutes and then teeing up the 39th minute winner for Stoke City midfielder Liam Lawrence.

"Managers have different ways of playing, I played on my own up front for a lot of the season with Wolves, but I had Robbie up there beside me last night and that was good. It was tough, having that lone frontman role for Wolves but I enjoyed it. Though playing up front with Robbie is very exciting, he's a top player and I try to learn from him," said Doyle.

"I got a bit of a bruise when I hit the post after scoring but you don't mind that when you've scored for your country -- the adrenaline kicks in and you don't feel it.

"Paraguay are a decent side, they are going to the World Cup so it's a nice boost for us to have the win over them on the record now. They are going to the World Cup and we're not. That's all over now and we have to accept it, but it's still nice to beat a team who will be at the World Cup," added the Wexford man, who was desperate to play in the RDS last night despite a long, hard season with Wolves.

"We take these games very seriously. You can see that in the fact that we had very few pull-outs from the squad, and any players who did withdraw had genuine reasons. That shows how much the lads want to come over, to do well and make sure they stay in the team and the squads," he said.

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