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Toffees see a bit of Sergio in Seamus

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.