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Shane Long was pleased to give Giovanni Trapattoni more to ponder

Updated: Sunday, 27 May 2012 13:20 | Comments

Shane Long has given Giovanni Trapattoni a selection headache after a fine display against Bosnia-Herzegovina
Shane Long has given Giovanni Trapattoni a selection headache after a fine display against Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Shane Long was pleased to give Giovanni Trapattoni more to ponder following a goalscoring appearance in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

Long and strike-partner Jon Walters impressed as they look to edge out Kevin Doyle for a starting berth in Ireland’s first Euro 2012 game against Croatia next month.

The West Brom man headed the winner with 12 minutes to go to boost his chances of featuring in the finals.

Long told RTÉ Sport: “It is nice for a manager to have so many problems in a way with picking the first XI.

"Robbie and Kevin are the first two at the moment and it is up to use to displace them. Jon Walters came on and I enjoy playing up front with him.

“He is a handful, he got on the end of every long ball and he is good with his feet as well. For the last 25 minutes it was about us putting our stamp on the game and luckily I got on the end of a good Aiden McGeady cross."

“Bosnia are a good side," added Long. "They’ve come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and they have big players.

"It was always going to be a tough test so it was nice to put our stamp on the game and for the players on the fringe to make an impact and put a little problem in the manager’s head.

“I’m delighted with the win more than anything. We trained hard all week to try to get off on the right foot and get a bit of confidence going to Poland.

"We’ve started out first friendly off in the right way with a 1-0 win and we’ll go off to Italy for a week of training now. As I said, it is a bit of confidence before we go to Poznan.”

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