EVERTON boss David Moyes has heaped praised on Ireland U21 defender Seamus Coleman after another fine display by the Donegal man in the League Cup last night -- and the Scot revealed that Coleman is now being called 'Ramos' by his team-mates, who liken his attacking style to that of Spain's World Cup-winning defender, Sergio Ramos.
Former Sligo Rovers man Coleman made his first appearance of the season for the Toffees in their Carling Cup clash with Huddersfield Town and he played a major part in the 5-1 win.
"Seamus Coleman going forward was sensational," said Moyes. "The lads have nicknamed him Seamus Ramos, because he bombs forward so much. It was a pleasing night to see some very good performances from our younger players."
Meanwhile, Coleman's team-mate Shane Duffy took another step towards full fitness when he captained the Everton reserves against Chelsea -- and in a further boost for the teenager, Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli was on hand to watch the game.
Duffy has been working hard on his fitness after he suffered a life-threatening injury in a training game with the Republic of Ireland senior squad in May, but he has played four reserve games since then and the 18-year-old is close to a return to the first-team.
Rowlands still on road to recovery
IRELAND man Martin Rowlands has taken another major step on the road to recovery from a serious knee injury as he managed an appearance for QPR's reserve side.
Rowlands, 31, has been out of competitive action since he suffered a cruciate injury during Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro last October, but he played 30 minutes in a reserve game against West Ham and even though QPR lost 5-0, the club were delighted to see Rowland back playing.