Koeman: The Everton family will help Seamus recover

But rather than feel relieved at a fortunate escape, Bale himself complained he was hard done by after receiving a yellow card that rules him out of Wales' next World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

"It's five games gone, we're exactly halfway".

"Seamus suffered a serious leg injury and has undergone surgery", said Republic manager Martin O'Neill.

He said: "That's not the way you want to come on". That won't change in the summer.

His view is shared by Wathan, who writes: "Wales lost their cool but did not lose the game".

"We'll take it and move on".

Bale, who has scored four goals in this campaign, has not missed a competitive global since October 2013 - having featured in 21 successive competitive matches.

Wales had enjoyed the better of the game without unduly troubling Ireland before they were reduced to 10 men, but the home side finished strongly with James McClean seeing a goal-bound shot deflected just wide.

Another said: "Can't find the correct Neil Taylor so I'm gonna call you a f****** d*****d instead!" "But it was a good point for us in the end".

"Even though it could be better, we're not in the worst position we've ever been in".

If we achieve that, no one will remember the performance against Wales just as no one remembers we were bad to watch at the 1990 World Cup.

Coleman is expected to miss the rest of Everton's season and potentially faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Koeman insists that he and the club will support him during his recovery.

Wales boss Chris Coleman later launched a passionate defence of both Bale and Neil Taylor, who was sent off for his foul on Seamus Coleman, and O'Shea had few complaints.

"I'm not complaining, it was a typical British game of football. Ireland did what they needed to do".

The Wales manager continued his defence of Villa defender Taylor.

"He's numb", he said. "He hasn't said a word".

"I think we are making a bigger deal out of it because it's Gareth Bale".

Head of sport at Media Wales, Paul Abbandonato, writes: "Neil Taylor embodies everything this Welsh team has been about in recent times - passionate, fully committed, tough in the tackle, leaves nothing left out on the pitch".

  • Julie Sanders