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Giovanni Trapattoni hails Republic of Ireland youngsters

Trapattoni hails Ireland youngsters
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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni praises his young side following their 2-0 win over Poland.

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has praised his side's youngsters after watching them battle to a 2-0 win over Poland in tonight's friendly.

The Italian fielded a youthful side in Dublin, with only John O'Shea and Glenn Whelan keeping their places from the Euro 2012 campaign.

"This evening we needed to see two or three good solutions with the new players," he told Sky Sports News.

"In the first half we suffered very much and Poland played very well. But our organisation and balance was very good and I think after the goal, in the second half, we played better and had more personality.

"The new players played very well and we are happy with the result. Poland did not deserve to lose but football is football."

Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan were on target during the win but it was Conor Sammon and James McCarthy who were singled out for praise by Trapattoni.

"Sammon, physically and technically also, he played well but we know we have Shane Long. It was important to see McCarthy because he can grow," he added.

"I think our defenders are good enough - we have no other solutions in that position. We don't need to change many players."

Republic of Ireland's next match is the World Cup qualifier against Sweden next month.

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