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John O'Shea delighted with 'positive' start against Latvia

Updated: Friday, 15 Nov 2013 22:50 | Comments

James McCarthy and John O'Shea will no doubt want to play an even greater role in the tenure of O'Neill/Keane
James McCarthy and John O'Shea will no doubt want to play an even greater role in the tenure of O'Neill/Keane

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John O'Shea described the opening days of the tenure of managerial duo Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as "very positive" as the Republic of Ireland beat Latvia 3-0 in Dublin.

Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long were on target as O'Neill and Keane's opening game in charge ended well.

It was an ideal start to the new era following the exit of Giovanni Trapatonni and defender O'Shea told Sky Sports 4: "It was a positive start.

"(It has all been) very positive: they are two natural winners and want the game played the right way.

"They know when we have to work hard and press teams when we have to and play when we have to."

Of the match, the Sunderland player added: "We needed a clean sheet and a couple of goals and thankfully we did that tonight.

There were plenty of pleasing points and I look forward to a tough game in Poland."

James McCarthy echoed O'Shea's sentiments about the new managerial duo, saying: "He's come in and made us play out of the back today.

"We got a good result and hopefully that will continue.
"There is a real buzz around the place, we are all really enjoying it.

Of Roy Keane, he added: "It is always brilliant to learn from such a footballing great."  

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