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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 June, 2004, 20:15 GMT 21:15 UK
Kerr thrilled by display
Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr
Kerr was delighted by his team's performance
Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr hailed his side's "magnificent" display after they claimed a shock 1-0 friendly win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Robbie Keane's goal in first-half stoppage time proved the difference between an inexperienced Republic team and the Euro 2004-bound Dutch side.

"Every player was magnificent," said the satisfied coach.

"Their work rate was extraordinary given that it was the end of a long season and a long two weeks."

The Republic had a squad of just 20 players for their fourth game in 10 days, with many experienced players missing, but Kerr said their replacements had risen to the challenge in spectacular fashion.

The younger players have done themselves no harm at all in this run of games
Brian Kerr

"We have talked about the players who are not here but many players grew up in this game," he said.

"When you look at our midfield there were very few caps between Graham Barrett, Alan Quinn and Andy Reid.

"Everyone was inspired by the occasion; we were well organised and disciplined. The younger players in the squad have done themselves no harm at all in this run of games."

Keane described his 20-yard match-winning strike as the best of his international career.

"I think it was my best for Ireland," said Keane, now just one goal short of Niall Quinn's Republic record of 21 goals. "We deserved to win. We had the better chances.

"The Irish crowd were magnificent and it was a great performance by all the lads," added Keane.

"In the first half especially we kept the ball well and played like we were at home."

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