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Tuesday 17 October 2017

We can do better - Noel King

Republic of Ireland caretaker manager Noel King. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Republic of Ireland caretaker manager Noel King. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

NOEL King has wants his Ireland U21 side to learn the lessons from last night's 4-1 defeat in Norway.

A new-look Ireland side were second best against Norway in Drammen, Norway 2-0 up at the break and by the 56th minute the home side were 4-0 up. Debutant Alan Browne scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot and manager King says he will absorb the lessons from the loss.

"We're here to learn and we certainly did that. The purpose of games like this is to try out things, experiment and look at players. We've certainly plenty of room for improvement," says King.

"We gave six people new caps at this level. I know we can do better. It's obviously disappointing to lose but the positive was that we worked hard right to the end and there were some good individual performances. We didn't adapt to the artificial surface as well as Norway did but that was worth experiencing too as more and more countries are using that type of surface."

Danny Rogers, Alan Browne, Sean Kavanagh, Sam Byrne, Philip Roberts, Eoghan O'Connell and Dylan Connolly all made their U21 debuts, Connolly becoming the first Shelbourne player to win an U21 cap since James Chambers in 2007.

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