Trappatoni says leave Stephen Ireland alone
Trap feels the hype could be keeping the Manchester City midfielder away
“He has to make the call; no one else can do it for him.”
Australia were full value for their Thomond Park win last week when two Tim Cahill goals just before halftime and a late David Carney cracked exposed the frailties of this Irish defense.
But veteran left-back Kevin Kilbane is adamant lessons will be learned ahead of next month’s visit to Cyprus.
“The manager was a little disappointed, he always goes on about concentration and we have to be concentrated through the whole game,” said Kilbane.
“We had a few lapses in the first half and they took advantage of that. They’ve got Tim Cahill and he’s a master of finding space in the box.
“That is something we have to take from the game and learn from. I think probably there’ll be a lot read into the result but we know qualification is what counts next month.
“We’ve used this game as a fitness exercise because we know we want to try and get sharpness going into the season and prepare for the Cyprus game. We will be fitter and stronger then, so we remain calm.”
Trapattoni, who was also keen to play the fitness card after the heaviest defeat of his reign, said: “I am not worried. This is pre-season and many of the players did not have minutes behind them.
“Australia were in 30-40% better condition than us. We deserved to score two goals. Cyprus will be a different game and, for sure, we can play differently. With three or four games in the league, my players will improve.”
Likewise new Fulham winger Damien Duff was none too concerned about the long-term World Cup implications of the friendly defeat.
“It is a disappointing result that we probably didn’t deserve, we had a few chances but it’s good to get it out of the way and move on,” said Duff.
Striker Kevin Doyle is a major doubt for the Cyprus game on September 5 after aggravating a hernia problem during the first-half in Limerick while Trapattoni has admitted that he may consider playing Preston’s Eddie Nolan at left-back in Nicosia.
AIDEN McGeady has been set a goal scoring challenge by new Celtic boss Tony Mowbray after opening his season’s tally with a double in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittordrie on Saturday.
The Irish winger almost grabbed a hat-trick as the Bhoys enjoyed the perfect warm-up for this week’s Champions League showdown with Arsenal.
Scott McDonald grabbed the third goal and afterwards McGeady revealed that Mowbray has thrown down the goal scoring gauntlet to his wide players.
“The manager said to Shaun Maloney and me before the game that he wants us to get to at least double figures this season and I totally agree with him,” said McGeady.
“I definitely need to improve on my goal scoring and today was great but the main thing is we got off to a good start in the league.
“We played very well in the first half, there was a lot of attacking football and it could have been five or six. I think the gaffer was disappointed because with Aberdeen getting the goal in the second half, it could have been a nervy finish. But overall it was a good day at the office.”
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