Trap: Coleman can make mark

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni believes Seamus Coleman has a bright future in international football.

Last Updated: 15/11/12 at 10:49 Post Comment

Seamus Coleman: Is tracked by Loint Cholevas during the Republic of Ireland'

Seamus Coleman: Is tracked by Loint Cholevas during the Republic of Ireland'

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Everton full-back was one of the positives from Wednesday's dismal friendly defeat to Greece at the Aviva Stadium.

Coleman combined well with Robbie Brady on the right flank in the 1-0 loss, his pace and breaks forward causing the Greeks problems.

"Coleman was fantastic, he was the man of the match," said Trapattoni. "We know him and we have told him he is important to us for the future.

"I have said many times, the midfield of our team is not only the four midfielders; we have two more, the right and left-backs.

"Seamus is fast, he can recover the ball, he has a good personality and at this moment, he has a very good future."

Jose Holebas' first-half strike proved the difference between the sides but Trapattoni was pleased at the amount of chances his side created, and the impact of substitute Wes Hoolahan in the second period.

The Italian said: "He (Hoolahan) was very good. The confirmed the quality we know he has.

"He's a good option maybe if we need to have one striker and at the moment, we have no other players in this position.

"Football is about results, but we had some good situations and three or four of the players showed their personality in this difficult game."

Greece boss Fernando Santos was a happy man too after seeing his side claim a lead, and then defend it doggedly.

He said: "We expected a very competitive game between two good teams and in the first 10 minutes, the Irish team tried to surprise us and they managed to do that.

"But after that 10-minute period we managed to keep the ball more and take the initiative in the game. We had some chances to score and we did score a goal.

"But in the second half, it was a completely different game and we had a very good defensive organisation."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

Footer 365

The Morning View: Mark Warburton and Alan McInally predict problems for Greg Dyke's foreign player reform

Greg Dyke will face many problems reducing non-EU imports - according to Mark Warburton and Sky Sports' Alan McInally

Transfer news: Pep Guardiola says Manchester United couldn't afford his stars

Pep Guardiola says Manchester United 'don't have enough money' to tempt top talent away from Bayern Munich.

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Mail Box

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property