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Monday 18 December 2017

Aiden goal a boost for club and country

Aiden McGeady Photo: Sportsfile
Aiden McGeady Photo: Sportsfile

Aiden McGeady sent a timely reminder to Martin O'Neill ahead of the looming friendly internationals that he still has something to offer as he ended his scoring drought.

McGeady was on the scoresheet for Sheffield Wednesday in their 3-0 win over a Nottingham Forest side who instantly dismissed manager Dougie Freedman, a big moment for the Ireland international as that was his first goal at club level since August 2014.

"My players were fantastic and they deserved the win," said Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal, who reinstated McGeady back into the side having dropped him for the previous two games.

The Wednesday manager tried to play down his side's hopes of promotion but one club who appear bound for the Premier league are Burnley. Stephen Ward scored his second of the season for the Clarets in a 3-1 win away to Huddersfield, Ward's side now seven points clear at the top of the table.

As he turns his mind to those friendly games against Switzerland and Slovakia, O'Neill had some good news on the injury front as Shane Long returned from injury and played 90 minutes for Southampton in a win over a Stoke City side who only used Jon Walters as an 89th minute sub.

Wes Hoolahan started for Norwich in their important 0-0 draw against Manchester City and while Robbie Brady was not fit for the Canaries, their manager Alex Neil (who had hinted before the game that Brady could be available) said he expects Brady to train this week. "I might have spun a line on Robbie and Steven]Naismith]. I wouldn't say they had fitness tests. They weren't going to be ready for this game but I hope they can train this week," he said.

Leon Best scored two for Rotherham in a 3-3 draw with Derby County.

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