EURO 2016: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill praised the impact of James McClean as his side came from behind to snatch a precious point against Poland.
McClean was introduced as a second-half substitute for the ineffective Aiden McGeady and produced a typically energetic and dynamic display.
The former Derry City star added a different attacking dimension for Ireland and he put in a number of telling crosses that almost created goals for Ireland.
McClean also made a crunching tackle that had the Irish fans on his feet and the Wigan Athletic winger looked like a man on a mission.
McClean was one of SEVEN players dropped from the side that lost to Scotland and probably felt a little peeved that he was left out.
McClean was one of Ireland’s better players that night and also was superb against Germany in October.
O’Neill praised McClean during his interview with RTE Sports correspondent Tony O’Donoghue.
O’Neill said , “James was terrific when he came on, he gave us fresh impetus going forward and I thought he was superb.
“He was full of energy and was absolute thorn in their side and caused them all sorts of problems.
“It was a great point, and if the game went on for another few minutes we would’ve won it.