'I try them in training but I haven't hit many like that this week' - Brady

Ireland’s full-back scored twice in the 4-1 win over the US — including a tremendous free-kick.

Brady hitting his goalbound free-kick.
Brady hitting his goalbound free-kick.
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ROBBIE BRADY SCORED his first two senior goals at the Aviva Stadium tonight and insisted he would be happy to play full-back for Ireland on a regular basis.

The Hull City winger, who has featured at wing-back for his club this season, was named on the left side of a four-man defence against the US as Martin O’Neill made 11 changes from the team which lost out to Scotland on Friday.

And although he was caught out positionally a couple of times, Brady performed excellently — getting forward when possible and grabbing a brace in the 4-1 win.

His second, an expertly-executed free-kick from 25 yards, was particularly special.

“I try them in training but I haven’t hit many like that this week — maybe one or two,” said Brady. “But they’re the ones that matter and I was just glad to see it go in.

“It was good to get my first home goals. I’m over the moon with it. It was just good to get our minds off the bad result the other night and finish the year on that good result so hopefully we can get ourselves together and get the points we need in a few months’ time.

“It was a big deal to put in a decent performance after the other night as it wasn’t the result we were after. Although we’re not in a bad position in the group, it’s not the result we were after.

Ireland aren’t blessed with an abundance of left-sided full-backs, with Brighton’s Stephen Ward the current first choice, and Brady believes he would improve in the position if he was asked to play there in the future.

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“It’s different but it’s not too different to where I’m playing at the club. I get more of a forward role at my club. I was caught out of my position a couple of times tonight and it took me awhile to get to grips to it but the more I play, the more it will come to me.

“I enjoyed it all in all and if that’s where he needs me to play at any stage I’ll be happy to do it.”

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