Right direction pleases Trap

Ireland boss delighted with way his side are progressing

Trapattoni: Pleased with direction his side are heading in

Trapattoni: Pleased with direction his side are heading in

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Giovanni Trapattoni believes Republic of Ireland are going in the right direction after his side beat Italy in Liege.

Ireland pulled off their first victory over Italy since 1994 thanks to goals in either half from Keith Andrews and Simon Cox.

Trapattoni was pleased with the win, although he denied it was extra special to beat his homeland for the first time as Ireland boss following the teams' two draws in the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign.

He told Sky Sports 1: "It was a good evening but I don't need revenge against Italy.

"we had four or five young players who got experience, it's important because we have not got a squad of 30 players like the Italian team."

Giovanni Trapattoni

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"Obviously every game we play to win, our aim is the result.

"Italy in the second half were much better and we suffered but we have played four difficult games in 15 days.

"The team is [going in] a good direction."

Right thing

The friendly followed the Republic's Carling Nations Cup campaign and victory over Macedonia in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday but the Italian insisted arranging such a game had been the right thing.

"The manager needs these friendly games because we played today Ward, we try again Cox, we tried again Long and Keogh - we had four or five young players who got experience, it's important because we have not got a squad of 30 players like the Italian team," he said.

"We need to create a team."

Goalscorer Andrews believed the Republic of Ireland demonstrated how far they have progressed with the win.

Long way

He said: "(We have come) a hell of a long way. We played them in the last campaign and we felt we should have won at least one of those two games.

"It shows how far we have come.

"It's four games, four clean sheets."

Fellow goascroer Cox was exhilarated after the game, saying: "It's been a dream come true to represent the country. I've been overjoyed.

"We defended like warriors today, we defended from the front."

The West Brom striker added: "At club level the manager [Roy Hodgson] has given me an excellent chance to prove myself and I come here and he [Trapattoni] has given me the chance.

"I am happy with both of them."