Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni praises 'fantastic' Seamus Coleman after Greece defeat

The Boys in Green manager singled out the Toffees full back after an impressive performance in the 1-0 defeat to Greece at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has heaped praise upon Seamus Coleman in the aftermath of his team's 0-1 defeat to Greece on Wednesday, November 14.

Despite the defeat, the Italian coach was keen to point out the positives that had been accrued from the game and singled out 'fantastic' Everton full back Seamus Coleman for appreciation.

The 24-year-old defender linked up with Manchester United winger Robbie Brady on the right flank and Trapattoni said that the former Sligo Rovers defender was 'important' for the future.

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

He continued: "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," said the Ireland manager.

Meanwhile, the performance of another ex-League of Ireland player, Wes Hoolahan was also noted by Trapattoni.

"[Wes Hoolahan] was very good," he said. "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," concluded Trapattoni.