Everton lose two Irish players injured ahead of Liverpool derby

Coleman may have been aggrieved that Glenn Whelan escaped sanction after leading with his forearm in a challenge on Joe Allen late in the first half.

Coleman has also been boosted by the return to fitness of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey following a calf strain.

Manager Martin O'Neill said previous results won't count for anything.

"I'll find out what's going to happen in the next week or so", he says.

"It's a cross, he's sprinting into the box, he's got to try and attack the ball".

Ireland's fans roared their disapproval when Bale avoided a second yellow for a high challenge on McClean.

'Apparently it wasn't the best challenge in the world - I haven't seen it. He's in the dressing room and he's quiet and despondent.

Gareth Bale was one lucky man on Friday during Wales' World Cup qualifier against Ireland, which saw one red card, but many believe it should have had two, including ex footballer Didi Hamann.

The same injury has restricted McCarthy's recent club appearances and news of his latest setback is likely to further strain the relationship between Everton manager Ronald Koeman and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, who ignored the Dutchman's plea not to play McCarthy in another qualifier past year, dismissing his unhappiness as "nonsense".

It was at this point Ledley was pictured on the television coverage, and one Twitter user posted a screen grab questioning whether the Crystal Palace player was grinning.

"It's a big, big loss, to Everton and to us. Obviously I was on track to make a few appearances and I just want to get back on track". "It puts thing in perspective I suppose".

Did you know?One of the curious quirks of the Republic of Ireland-Wales encounter in Group D was the number of players who are usually team-mates at club level but who found themselves on opposite sides of the pitch on Friday.

"But Serbia won tonight".

A creditable 2-2 draw in Austria was followed by two frustrating 1-1 stalemates at home to Georgia and Serbia, Wales being pegged back after having taken the lead in both those games. "And you wouldn't call Wales out of it either".

For all of RTE's pre-match build up and hoopla, the do or die circumstances that are generally synonymous with their football coverage, five seconds on Coleman overshadowed 45 minutes of Dunphy and company in terms of underlining just how important the game was.

"He played very, very strongly", O'Neill said.



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