Republic boss O'Neill thrilled by Brady display against USA

Robbie Brady [right] after scoring his late free-kick against the USA as team-mate David Meyler also celebrates
Robbie Brady [right] scored two goals in the Republic of Ireland's 4-1 friendly win over the USA

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was thrilled by Robbie Brady's two-goal display in Tuesday's 4-1 friendly win over the United States.

With Stephen Ward absent, O'Neill opted to start winger Brady at left-back and after restoring the Republic's lead, the Hull man netted a late free-kick.

"He's got great attitude - I was really delighted for him," said O'Neill.

"He was in such a confident mood, I felt he would score from the free-kick."

O'Neill added: "And for the second goal for him to be following up and to be on the edge of the penalty area and to score from the left-back position, it was great.

"He has things to improve on as a defender - he knows that himself - but he is an excellent footballer."

The Republic manager handed Shay Given a 127th international cap and the keeper also lauded 22-year-old Brady's display.

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"Robbie had a fantastic finish for the last goal and even his first goal was a great finish as well," said Given, 38.

The Republic keeper got to see debutant Cyrus Christie, 22, at close quarters and Given was impressed with the Derby full-back's display.

"Cyrus probably settled into it more in the second half as well when he bombed forward a few times and got some great balls into the box.

"He's only young as well and he's got a big future ahead of him."

For his part, Christie was delighted at being given the chance to prove himself.

"This is my first international game. I have never, ever been to watch one, so to come and make my debut is a fantastic achievement," said the Derby right-back.

Ipswich striker David McGoldrick was also handed a derby in Tuesday's friendly and made an immediate impression as he helped set up two of the Republic's goals.

"I'm confident in my ability. I would rather have had the two goals myself, but two assists is good, and the win," added the 26-year-old.