May 25, 2014 at 6pm UK at ​Aviva Stadium
Rep. IrelandRepublic of Ireland
1-2
Turkey
Walters (78')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ozek (17'), Camdal (76')
Gonul (83')

Martin O'Neill hails "excellent" Wes Hoolahan

New Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013
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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill heaps praise on Wes Hoolahan for his performance during their 2-1 defeat to Turkey this evening.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has heaped praise on Wes Hoolahan following his performance in tonight's international friendly against Turkey.

Ireland fell to a second consecutive home defeat this evening as Turkey ran out 2-1 victors in a match that O'Neill was at a loss to explain how his side didn't win.

However, the former Sunderland boss did take some positives out of the match and was particularly pleased with the performance of Hoolahan in midfield.

"I thought little Hoolahan played brilliantly for us. He tried to create things for us during the course of the game," O'Neill told reporters.

"Sometimes some big boots come in and shove him off the ball a little bit, but overall he showed a great determination and great ability to try to manoeuvre it. He was excellent for us."

Ireland's next match comes on Saturday as they face Italy at Craven Cottage.

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of the international friendly football match between the Republic of Ireland and Serbia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 5, 2014
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