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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Coleman: Friendly match will stand to us

SEAMUS COLEMAN cannot wait to get his teeth into another Premier League season and two crunch World Cup qualifiers in September.

And he accepts that many of the players involved might have had their minds on the weekend ahead.

"It was an experience and I really enjoyed it. A game is a game and you try and do your best. We had a few chances and I thought they played well at times.

"It was a friendly game and there was only a few at it but we got through it and hopefully it will stand us in good stead."

Asked whether it was difficult to find motivation for an August friendly with about 6,000 in the stands, his reply came without hesitation.

"No, it's not difficult. It depends on your character and you always want to play for your country. It was important that we all got through the 90 minutes. We didn't lose.

"The two games in September will tell a tale. It was a positive result for the defenders keeping a clean sheet going into those two big games."

 

PADDY RUES POOR FINISH

PADDY MADDEN wore a rueful smile when he walked through the mixed zone. A touch more luck and composure and he might have celebrated his senior debut with a goal.

But Madden was still pleased as punch with his short cameo and clearly anxious to taste some more in the future.

"It was a great achievement for myself representing my country in the senior team," he said.

"The Gaffer turned around and gave me the nod. I was ready and hoping he would.

"I thought I did well but I should have come off the pitch with a goal."

Madden had a couple of decent chances and learned a lesson he won't forget in a hurry with the second.

"The first chance, I hit it early and the 'keeper made a fantastic save and the second I tried to bend it around him.

"You learn from your mistakes and the next time I'll take a touch."

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