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Coleman praises 'brilliant' David Forde after Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Sweden

Coleman praises 'brilliant' David Forde after Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Sweden

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The Everton full back turned attention towards the Millwall goalkeeper after he put in a strong display between the Irish posts against Sweden

Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman has heaped praise upon Boys in Green goalkeeper David Forde after the 33-year-old put in a strong display on his competitive debut against Sweden.

The Millwall shot-stopper helped Giovanni Trapattoni's team to earn a 0-0 draw against Erik Hamren's side at the Friends Arena in World Cup qualification and Coleman described the former Derry City player's performance as 'brilliant'.

A last-ditch reflex save from Forde helped the Irish preserve a deserved point and the right back talked up its significance in terms of Ireland's hopes for Brazil 2014.

"Forde was brilliant. I thought for corners and that he came and caught everything. It was good night for him. It was a massive save. It would have been a kick in the teeth if that had gone in," he said.

Asked if he felt it was a game they could have won, he replied: "Kind of, I didn't know myself whether to push on in the last 10 minutes or stay back but, at that stage. A point would have been a good result, but if anyone was going to win it, it looked like we could have."

And Coleman says that their hard-earned Group C point against Sweden will mean nothing if they don't beat Austria at home on Tuesday night. Coleman was one part of a solid back five unit that managed to keep tabs on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the rest of the Sweden team that scored four against Germany.

Coleman said: "That point will mean nothing if we can't finish it off on Tuesday night. That was very important (to get a good result). It's setting us up nicely for the game against Austria."

The Everton full-back said he wasn't too surprised by the lack of bite in the Swedish attack, claiming that it was Ireland's performance that neutered the home side.

"There's two ways of looking at it: maybe we handled them well and when we had the chances, they sat off us and weren't expecting us to play the way we did.

"We're good ball players, that showed tonight, especially James McCarthy, he looked for the ball and lot and kept us ticking over," he added.

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