Eddie Nolan is normally a very quiet and unassuming kind of guy. He is a lad who does his talking on the pitch rather than off it. During the days leading up to the match he appeared to be a little shy and a trifle nervous about skippering his county in his native city.
Surrounded by the lights of the Sky Sport TV cameras after the game he was a lot more outgoing. His family and friends were photographed with him on what was a very special occasion for all concerned.
“That was a very good performance by the lads. We all played well and to beat a country like Spain is a massive boost, especially as we begin out qualifying campaign against another very good team [Turkey] on Tuesday. The defence were solid all through and when you consider that a number of players were missing we would have to be happy.
“We soaked up their pressure and some of our counter attacking football was very good also. We have more or less grown up together and we know each other play,” stated Eddie.
He was needless to say a very proud young man last weekend also. “It is an honour to play for your country at any time at any level and to get the chance to captain the team in your own city is just beyond belief. I have been excited about this game ever since it was announced and now that it is over I could not be more happier, especially since we won and the crowd appeared to enjoy the match.”
After the game against Turkey, Eddie, who was winning his 12th Under 21 cap, will return to Preston North End. The club are well placed to secure a play-off spot as the chase is really on the try and secure promotion to the Premiership.
“We play Bristol City next Saturday and that is a real six-pointer of a game because the two of us are neck and neck. Every game at this time of the season is vital and this match is really important. We have been playing well recently and I would be confident of beating them,” he concluded.