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Saturday 16 December 2017

More to come insists Fahey

KEITH FAHEY insists there is more to come from him as he tries to prove wrong the doubters who say he can't cut it at the top level.

Fahey clocked up another impressive 90 minutes for Birmingham City in Saturday's 1-0 win over Wigan, his 12th start of the season in a City shirt.

The win, and the fact that he kept his place in the City starting XI, boosted the player's confidence after the earlier disappointment of his omission from the Ireland squad for tomorrow's friendly against Brazil in London.

So Fahey says he is not resting on his laurels at St Andrews but is determined to keep improving.

"I'm waiting to peak, there's more to come from me. Being content with myself isn't good enough. I have high levels. And there are people that doubt me as well, I'm sure there are. There are people back home," said Fahey.





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"If I go back to watch Shamrock Rovers, my local side in Tallaght, 99pc of them say 'well done' and nice things but you'd get the odd few others. Those sort of people spur you on," added Fahey, who has now made 48 first team appearances for Birmingham since his €350,000 move from St Pat's 13 months ago.

"With the players the manager will be bringing in this summer, you're going to be tested. But it happens all the time. Every transfer window there are going to be players coming in. The test is whether you keep rising to the challenge or not," he added.

"And if you're not good enough, you will be shown the door. It's as simple as that. I think I have shown I belong. There's not many games I can think of when I wasn't very good.

"Well, apart from in the FA Cup at Forest. I kept giving the ball away, I don't know what was going on. I wasn't feeling myself to be honest and I called the doctor in and all that.

"But otherwise, in the Premier League, I don't think I've been steamrollered by anyone.

"I thought I did all right against Fulham, defensively, and I kept the ball. In the Everton game I showed I could go forward and create chances."

Meanwhile, former Ireland man Dominic Foley took his tally of goals for the season to eight as he netted another winner for Belgian side Cercle Bruges.

Foley was on target again on Saturday, scoring the only goal of the game as Cercle won 1-0 at home to Genk, a win which moves the club -- who were docked points for financial reasons earlier this season -- up to 11th in the Belgian league table.

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