Coleman unhappy with 'harsh' Andrews remarks
Seamus Coleman made a winning comeback sbothai from injury with a bit of help from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park. But the Ireland captain is unhappy with his former team-mate Keith Andrews for some of the criticism he aimed at Martin O'Neill's side during a difficult October double header.
The absence of Coleman due to a stress fracture complicated things for O'Neill's side, with the 30-year-old failing in his attempt to return for national service. He was back on the pitch yesterday and gave away a penalty that was saved by Pickford - he stopped Luka Milivojevic's second-half spot-kick after Coleman was adjudged to have fouled Wilfried Zaha.
The game was scoreless at the time, and the Toffees went on to take the points courtesy of late goals from subs Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun. Coleman had Irish matters on the mind when he spoke to Newstalk afterwards. sbothai Andrews had described Ireland's year as the 'worst in living memory' and that offended the skipper.
"We're going through a tough time," said the 30-year-old. "Keith has been part of teams himself that could have been questioned at times. It's very easy from a pundit's position "I've to bite my tongue at times. Keith has got a job to do. He has really taken to punditry and might have been trying to make a name for himself by being a little bit harsh the other night.
"That's his job. When he was a player it was his job to get on the ball and make things happen and at times he didn't do that. It's difficult. "As players, we're all together. We want to be as passionate as we can for our country. "Sometimes it's hard to take that criticism, Keith would say the same when he was a player - he got plenty of criticism and would have agreed it was hard to take.
"We need to give the fans something to be proud of and 100pc at the minute, our performances have not been good enough but come March we're hoping to give the country some big nights. sbothai This group of players has done that at times." Coleman added that the players have to take responsibility for substandard displays - and he gave strong backing to manager O'Neill.
He does believe that players have got away lightly in comparison to the manager. "We are all behind the manager. I said it here at club level, sometimes players get away with murder. It always seems to be put on the manager, that's something that really bugs me at club level," he said.