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McClean wanted to 'prove a point'
31 Mar 2015 07:07
James McClean admitted that being dropped from Republic of Ireland’s Group D starting XI inspired him to prove a point when he entered the fray, the highlight being a thunderous tackle on Arkadiusz Milik that brought the home fans in the Aviva Stadium to their feet.
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The Wigan winger also made a series of successful raids down the flank and the team was visibly lifted upon his introduction for a tiring Aiden McGeady on 68 minutes.
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“It was disappointing not to start the game but when you come on you sort of have your own personal agenda and the agenda of the team to do your best and prove a point,” McClean told RTÉ Sport after the 1-1 draw.
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“I got a lot of space, it’s a big pitch out there and I managed to use it well enough to get a few crosses in. Hopefully, I’ve put further thought in the manager’s mind.”
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