Trap to give youngsters time
Giovanni Trapattoni says he will give the less experienced players in his squad chance to improve.
Last Updated: 09/02/11 8:02am
Giovanni Trapattoni will give the less experienced players in his Republic of Ireland squad chance to improve after watching them in action against Wales.
The manager handed Seamus Coleman and Ciaran Clark debut international caps as the Republic triumphed 3-0 in the Carling Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night, while Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson scored his maiden goal.
Trapattoni was impressed by the fresh faces in his side and says he will allow them more time to reach their full potential.
"I was watching the new, young players (such as) Coleman, Gibson," Trapattoni told Sky Sports News.
"I think they played well but they can play better. I can wait for them a little bit more. It's important because it was a great experience in this tournament."
He added of the result: "The first half was in balance but in the second half we deserved to win."
Fulham winger Damien Duff was on target for the home side, with goals from Gibson and Birmingham midfielder Keith Fahey sandwiching his strike.
Duff was delighted to help Trapattoni's side earn an encouraging win before Euro 2012 qualifying resumes next month.
"It was nice, I haven't scored for a couple of years and it's nice to get the points on the board in this new competition," he said.
"The Welsh lads made us work for it but we played well and thoroughly deserved the win.
"This is a chance of silverware and we are in with a good chance but the most important thing is qualifying for the European Championship, so the big one is next month."
Everton youngster Coleman was thrilled to run out for the Republic for the first time, playing 60 minutes of the clash.
"Finally I got my first cap for Ireland, which is great," said Coleman. "And to get a good 60 minutes is brilliant.
"It's a good confidence boost going into the next game and good to get the three goals. Come the second half, the lads stepped it up and it was great to get the win."