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New Signing Doyle Nets In Republic Victory

4 September 2014

Deadline day signing Kevin Doyle capped a good week for himself by bagging the opening goal in the Republic of Ireland's 2-0 friendly victory against Oman last night.

Martin O'Neill's men warmed up for their Euro 2014 qualifier against Georgia by hosting the Gulf side at the Aviva Stadium last night, and Doyle gave them the perfect start by heading home Robbie Brady's corner after just 20 minutes.

Alex Pearce then added a second late on to clinch the Republic's first win in seven games to give them confidence going into the trip to Tblisi on Sunday.

Doyle, who is Palace's only representative in the squad after Damien Delaney was placed on standby, played 59 minutes and was pleased to get a run out having endured a difficult pre-season at former club Wolves.

He said: "We haven't been playing too badly but we've had a few draws and played some good teams but it's good to get a win, no matter who you're playing, especially ahead of the main event next week.

"It's nice to be picked, it's my first game of any importance since my last Irish game which was at the start of the summer. I haven't done anything during pre-season so I needed to get some time under my belt.

"We've played them (Georgia) before and we started the group well that time so something similar will be nice. They're a decent team but we hope to win the game."

Tonight should see Mile Jedinak skipper Australia in a friendly in Belgium in the Socceroos' first game since the World Cup, and he has thrown the gauntlet down to his team-mates to impose themselves despite playing the fifth-best team in world football according to the FIFA rankings.

Ahead of the game, Jedinak said: "Moving forward the group needs to know that and whoever we come up against in the future, starting with Belgium, that the intimidation and fear factor is out the window because we've shown and proved that we've been able to play our game and impose ourselves on top."

To find out which other Palace players are in international action next week, click here.

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