Martin O’Neill springs from dressing room celebrations to rattle off a proud, cheerful post-match e-mail that encapsulates all that was good in the 2-0 win over Arsenal. Can anyone translate the bit about Kieran and training yesterday (a few hopelessly wayward potshots maybe)? …
I was delighted with the performance and I think the fans were pleased with what they saw today.
There was big commitment and determination from the players and we looked as if we had extra energy.
I do think that having no game midweek went in our favour and perhaps it went against us last week, today we were ready for the game.
Kieran Richardson’s goal was very important. We limited Arsenal with their chances and the first goal was always going to be an important one and it was great to get it.
Kieran’s capable of doing that, having seen him in training yesterday you might not have backed him – but perhaps he was saving it for today – and I’m delighted he did!
It was an excellent move to get the second goal, we broke it up and Stephane Sessegnon had a number of options but played it to Sebastian Larsson and he did well to help steer the ball across the line.
We played very strongly and very well, which was most important.
It was great to get the win.
All the best,
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