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Published: 16:49 | 8/10/16

Coleman: We have got to earn the right to play

Seamus Coleman has insisted that Ireland need to ‘earn the right to play’ in the lead up to their forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

The Everton star scored the crucial winner when Ireland beat Georgia 1-0 in the Aviva, despite a laboured performance from Martin O’Neill’s side.

Coleman did not shy away from the fact that Sunday night’s performance was not up to scratch, but admitted it can be tough on the International stage.

“The manager let us know it wasn’t good enough at half-time but as players in there ourselves we knew it was nowhere near good enough," the Donegal native said.

"We were lucky to come in without conceding a goal. We came out in the second half and were better and we created some more chances. We knew as individuals that it wasn’t good enough at half-time.

“Ideally we’d like to win games comfortably but at international level you’ve got to earn the right to play initially."

The former Sligo Rovers man suggested that Moldova will be no push-overs, but feels Ireland have the togetherness to claim the win.

"We watched little bits on this team," Coleman added. "They press well; they work hard so we’ve got to earn that right to play.

"We’ve got a good group of lads in there who are together. I know for 90 minutes, whether it’s going good or bad, that we’ll be in the game and that we’ll help each other.

"It’s all about getting three points at the end of the day."

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