A big loss but he will fight back

I was lucky considering what has happened to Seamus.

"I can't remember how many stitches it was. On another night there could have been two red cards", said O'Shea. "Hopefully it will heal quickly".

The 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw in Dublin was marred by Ireland captain Coleman receiving oxygen and leaving the field on a stretcher after a wild lung from Taylor, who was sent off for the 69th-minute challenge.

He said: "When you're playing England, Scotland or Wales, the games are going to be like that". They are the games you want to be involved in. O'Neill's side take on Iceland in a friendly on Tuesday.

"As the opposition manager, you're going to protect your own players".

"There's no problem getting a hard tackle - but if it's late, it's a different story". In a derby game, you're going to expect some tasty tackles - but, as I said, within reason.

Coleman faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines - the early speculation has suggested up to six months - and that will come as a massive blow too to club manager Ronald Koeman.

"It will take some time, but Seamus has great determination and sometimes those things work very much in your favour, in terms of recovery".

That prompted both sets of players to square up to each other, while later in the match Wales star Gareth Bale was booked for a goalmouth challenge on John O'Shea in an incident where some observers felt the Real Madrid ace was fortunate to receive just a yellow card.

Friday's result kept Ireland four points clear of Wales and level on points with new group leaders Serbia, who beat Georgia 3-1, with only the eventual group winners guaranteed a place at Russian Federation 2018.

"It's always disappointing when people miss out through suspension, but in our last campaign we had it", Allen said about the absence of Wales talisman Bale in Belgrade. "You want to win your home games and that's what we'll have to do to make sure we qualify for Russian Federation".

  • Julie Sanders