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Coleman Targets Austria Win

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Seamus Coleman is targeting a win over Austria on Tuesday in order to keep the Republic of Ireland's World Cup dreams alive.

The Everton right-back continued his impressive form for his country in the 0-0 draw against Sweden on Friday evening, as qualification Group C takes shape ahead of next summer's tournament in Brazil.

That result kept Giovanni Trapattoni's men a point behind the second-placed Swedes - and they now face the team in third, Austria, in Dublin.

Reflecting on the goalless draw in Stockholm, Coleman said: "It was a good point and a good performance. We can bring that on to Tuesday now.

"It has set us up nicely for the game against Austria, but a point will mean nothing if we can't finish it off on Tuesday night.

"There is no better feeling than going into that game after a good performance and a good point, and if we can finish it off it will have been a good week."

Earning his 10th senior cap, Coleman now looks to have forced his way into the national side for the long-term.

Having enjoyed a fantastic season at right-back for the Blues, he admits he is keen to make the national role his own.

"I feel good and feel comfortable in my proper position," he explained.

"I have always felt I am a right-back and I am getting a good run of games for club and country in that position.

"The manager likes me to get forward. That is a big part of my game.

"But sometimes you have got to think a point is a good result and there were times when stayed back and let the lads do it.

"It was about being solid more than anything but if anyone was going to win it it looked like we could have."

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