Martin O’Neill sympathises with fringe players

Ahmed Elmohamady
Ahmed Elmohamady
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Martin O’Neill says he understands if those on the fringes of the starting 11 are getting frustrated at not being more involved over the last couple of months.

But he has moved to reassure them they still have a part to play.

“Someone like Ji and beyond him Ahmed Elmohamady, I can sympathise with them if they are unhappy about not playing more,” he said.

“But my message to them and to anyone else in that position is that they will get their chance.

“They’re in the first-team squad, which means they can be selected in any match where they’re named among the subs.

“And to be fair, there have been several players who have been playing very well but just not been able to get into the side because the first team is winning and players are doing well.

“But we do have injuries and players will get their chance.

“Matt Kilgallon never expected to be playing, but got his chance because of injury to Wes Brown and Michael Turner wasn’t expecting to get back so soon, but was handed a chance because of injury to Matt Kilgallon.

“And that’s the way it will go on – you’ll have injuries, loss of form or different systems in games coming up, so everyone will get their chance.

“It is just very hard to change things when the team is playing well or winning games or both.”