Date: 21st January 2012 at 7:32pm
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Alex McLeish was delighted to see Robbie Keane get on the scoresheet, and praised the player in his after match verdict.

Speaking to the Official Site after the game, the manager said.

‘They were two great strikes. Robbie has done that throughout his career. It was no surprise to see him get on the scoresheet. The winner was spectacular. He nearly had a hattrick, I’m pleased for him.’

In other after match news, Eck revealed that Gabby’s substitution was for health and safety reasons. The striker has been suffering with a bug for the last few days so Eck didn’t want him to overdo it.

‘I think to take someone like Gabby off when in brilliant form would be sheer folly. Unfortunately Gabby was ill, he caught a bug from his kid, his baby is okay now thankfully, but Gabby was sick this morning.’

Eck adds that the doctor gave him some pills and he felt fine for the game, but was knackered at half time and obviously, he wants him to recover for our next match.

In other injury news, Stephen Ireland has picked up a hamstring strain so was left out to rest, and N’Zogbia has a heel problem.

Looking on the bright side, Eck says that made the team far easier to pick.

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