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McGeady top of Trap's class

Flying winger Aiden McGeady earned a pat on the back from manager Giovanni Trapattoni after inspiring Ireland to a comfortable victory over Andorra.

The Spartak Moscow midfielder gave full-back Jordi Escura a torrid time as he helped to launch the competitive era at the Aviva Stadium with a win. McGeady, who has not been an automatic choice during Trapattoni's reign, repeatedly caused panic in the visitors' defence by cutting inside from his wing, no more effectively so than when he set up skipper Robbie Keane's 54th-minute strike.

"I congratulated him after the game for what he showed us. This is his quality," said Trapattoni.

"He did what I have been asking him to do. We know he can dribble and cross and shoot, and that he is quick.

"But we have been working on his positioning on the pitch and by playing the way he did, he saw 30 per cent more of the ball.

"We showed him DVDs of the Andorra team Monday and again on Tuesday morning, and I am happy that he understood.

"This was one of his best games for us."


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