Coleman's Bale compliment
Everton winger Seamus Coleman was happy to be likened to Gareth Bale after his display against Tottenham.
Last Updated: 06/01/11 5:05pm
Everton winger Seamus Coleman was happy to be likened to Gareth Bale after his match-winning display against Tottenham.
Toffees boss David Moyes and Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp were wholesome in their praise of the young Irishman following his superb display in the 2-1 success at Goodison Park.
The 21-year-old headed home the winner in the 75th minute after Louis Saha's early opener had been swiftly cancelled out by Rafael van der Vaart.
Coleman outshone Wales international Bale, who has earned widespread plaudits for his emergence this season, but insists he will not allow the comparisons to distract him.
The 21-year-old said: "That is a great compliment. I won't let it get to my head but it is great to hear those compliments. Hopefully I can build on it.
"I am learning more every week. At the start of a game I have a battle with the left-back, I get my head down and try to get past him.
"I'm not in awe of anyone. I want to get on that pitch and get my head down and I don't look around admiring other players."
Everton boss Moyes was eager to salute the youngster he snapped up from League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers in the January transfer window two years ago.
The Scot said: "Rightly so everyone should talk about Gareth Bale because he is an outstanding talent.
"He has got everything about him but I think if you want to talk about a wide player after this game, you should talk about Seamus Coleman.
"He would be the one on my lips if I was a neutral. He did great, he scored a goal and should probably have scored another one."
Spurs manager Redknapp admitted Coleman had been a thorn his side throughout the game.
Redknapp said: "Gareth gives us an outlet - pace - like the boy Coleman does for them.
"When someone is willing to run and run it is difficult and he was always an outlet for them."