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Ian Snodin: Seamus Coleman's reaction to skipper's ball theft was good sign

15 Jan 2013 10:50:00

Ian Snodin: Seamus Coleman's reaction to skipper's ball theft was good sign

One moment of the draw with Swansea summed up for me the progress being made by Seamus Coleman.

The talented right-back went on one of many impressive runs down the flank and cut into the area, only to have the ball pinched from his feet as he shaped to shoot by his captain. Phil Neville’s subsequent effort didn’t trouble Michel Vorm but what made me smile was Seamus’ reaction. He let the skipper know in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t happy! Twelve months ago I don’t think he would have said anything. I could imagine him just jogging back into position and keeping his ire to himself. But Seamus is coming on leaps and bounds and I think he now, rightly, feels that he is a member of David Moyes’ first team on merit and is playing like a man.

He is a good lad and won’t have been disrespectful to the captain but he was entitled to say something, and it really underlines his growing confidence and sense of being at home in the starting line-up. If I know Neville I suspect he’d be pleased about it too because he has gone to great lengths to help the Irishman and build up his game and self-belief, something Seamus acknowledged when he signed his new deal. For me he’s getting better all the time. 


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