• O’Neill admits to being ‘pretty shaken’ after defender suffered broken leg
• Wales manager Chris Coleman says Neil Taylor ‘devastated’ after tackle
At the end of a tense night in Dublin, where emotions were still running high long after the final whistle, Martin O’Neill sounded like a man in a state of shock as he reflected on the awful moment when Séamus Coleman reached out to hold on to his broken right leg. “I was pretty shaken by it,” the Republic of Ireland manager said.
It was a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor, the Wales left-back, and it was easy to see why television companies decided against showing a replay. O’Neill had not seen the tackle again and the last thing he wanted to hear was that there was a picture of the lower part of Coleman’s leg pointing in the wrong direction. He was informed that it was similar to the awful photograph that circulated after Henrik Larsson broke his leg while playing for Celtic, the year before O’Neill became the club’s manager. “Don’t tell me that,” O’Neill said.
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