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Seamus Coleman thanked Roberto Martinez for elevating his game to the next level after the Republic of Ireland international completed an awards evening double at St George’s Hall.

Coleman was crowned both Player and Players’ Player of the Season on Wednesday – deserved recognition for a stellar 2013/14 campaign which has seen the 25-year-old weigh in with seven goals from right-back.

“It’s the way he likes us to train – he wants us to pick up positions and study the game for areas where we can benefit against other teams," Coleman told evertontv.  "I‘m forever learning under him and I’m looking forward to more.

“We do finishing in training every day and because I got off to a good start against Norwich I felt like I could get a couple more. Every game I scored, I felt like I could get another in the next game.

“The manager has given me a lot of confidence to push forward.”

Coleman’s pair of accolades were celebrated throughout the Blue half of Merseyside – and the defender says a few Irish eyes would have been smiling back in his hometown of Killybegs as well.

“I’m sure as soon as I turn my phone on I will be getting lots of well wishes,” he added. “That’s the way it is back in my hometown.

“People are very supportive and I like to do as well as I can for the people back home. That’s a big incentive for me.”

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