Wales manager defends Bale in Ireland battle

I think everybody loves Seamus.

There was always going to be a derby feel to this game and so it proved as the players probably realised that the referee was not in a rush to brandish any cards.

"Watching the game, the moment it happened, Evertonians were devastated to lose such an influential character - he's a future captain of Everton Football Club".

"I've not seen the challenge, but I've seen the outcome, if you like, and it's a bad one for Seamus".

Everton full-back Coleman, who earned his 44th cap for Ireland last night, is now set to miss Everton's push for a top five finish in the English top-flight this term after last night's horrific injury. "He has had an exceptional season with both club and country, and he will be a big loss", said O'Neill.

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"I hope the surgeons can mend that in a way that he can continue to play again, which is obviously a great challenge for him. A quick recovery and no doubts I'm sure he will be back better than before".

"Tonight I've had to put all my emotion into my performances and hopefully I did the two lads proud". We know the type of boy he is, he'll come back bigger and stronger as he always [does]. Ireland's next World Cup qualifier is at home to Austria on June 11, with only the group winners guaranteed a place at Russian Federation 2018.

Wales looked to be growing into the game in the second half, Bale drilling wide from distance, but Taylor's dismissal tipped the momentum Ireland's way and the hosts threatened to snatch it.

Composed, controlled and everything else you would expect from Wales' midfield maestro in amongst the tough battle in midfield. "He played with not only great commitment, but also a great measure of discipline". Fans held aloft banners paying tribute to Ryan and also Mark Farren, Derry City's record scorer, who passed away past year after a battle with cancer.

  • Ismael Montgomery