Derby County defender Richard Keogh has revealed how Republic of Ireland’s coaches Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane gave him a lift after his Wembley pain, reports the Derby Telegraph.
Keogh, 27, has said how O’Neill and Keane gave him a boost and carry on playing football in preparation for Ireland’s friendlies against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal.
Keogh’s mistake in the Play-Off led to Bobby Zamora scoring the only goal of the game to send QPR to the Premier League and leave Derby County heartbroken.
The former Coventry City defender has heaped praise on Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill ”He was absolutely fantastic, we got in late on the monday and he came and chatted with us. He just said ‘Listen, it was unfortunate what happened but you have had a fantastic season and in time it will make you stronger person and a better player.”
He added ”For someone like that to mention that to me, meant a lot. It gives you a lot of confidence to want to do well and really improve, and I really appreciated it.”
Keogh also praised former Manchester United legend and now Ireland’s assistant coach Roy Keane. ”He said some calm words to me and when someone like that says it to you, it’s really fantastic. When he speaks, you listen.”
”He’s a fantastic guy. He was a fantastic player and when he gives you advice, it’s great for everyone.” he added.
Keogh was an unused substitute in the Italy game and played the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Costa Rica.