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“I don’t see why we couldn’t make it work” – Matt Doherty On Playing Alongside Seamus Coleman For Ireland

“We know each other’s games, we’re both confident players, I don’t see why we couldn’t make it work.”

Matt Doherty has said that he still believes that he and Seamus Coleman can start in the same Republic of Ireland team.

The pair started alongside each other in the 1-0 win over Gibraltar in March. Doherty played on the right side of midfield, ahead of Ireland captain Coleman at right-back. Little in the match – played on an artificial surface beside an airport landing-strip – worked for the Irish side, and Doherty was substituted just before the hour mark.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back did not start the Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia in Dublin three days after the Gibraltar tie. Following the match at the Aviva Stadium, Mick McCarthy said he was unlikely to start the pair in the same team again.

The situation is a frustrating one for Ireland supporters, as Doherty and Coleman are two of the team’s best players. However, Doherty has said he is not annoyed about being behind the captain in the pecking order.

On Monday at the Aviva Stadium, Doherty told reporters that he has not given up hope of starting alongside Coleman again but he will accept whatever decision McCarthy makes.

“I’m not frustrated. It’s just the way it is, me and Seamus get on really well,” the Dubliner said.

“We’re quite close, good friends, whoever plays will do a good job. Me and Seamus have spoken about it and what we thought at the time, we didn’t think we were that bad actually. Not much came off in that game for anybody really, it was just one of those games, I think we believe we can play in the same team and work together but that’s not our choice.

“We’ll just have to wait and see when the team gets announced who plays,” he continued.

“We know each other’s games, we’re both confident players, I don’t see why we couldn’t make it work.”

Doherty also said that he had no complaints when McCarthy told him he would not start the game against Georgia.

“It was fine, he just said what he was going with. I didn’t necessarily have a problem I could half see it coming after the Gibraltar game,” the Wolves player said.

“It’s never a good thing when you’re getting taken off after 55 minutes, you know you’re going to be in trouble for the next game. It was nothing new to me.

And he has not given up hope of playing some part in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

“Definitely, the team has not been named yet. In my own head, I’ll still train hard and before the team is named I’ll prepare as if I was playing and if I’m not I’ll still do the same because I might have to come on after five or ten minutes who knows. If I don’t play, I’ll support Seamus and if I do play I’ll try and do my best.”

Doherty has a point when he says that he and Coleman could still start together in the same Ireland team. Or at the very least, we should not write off their chances of playing together based on a match played in testing conditions.

McCarthy may not risk making the experiment again on Friday against Denmark, but next Monday’s match against Gibraltar may be another chance to give it a try.

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