President Stephen Kenny backs Nathan Collins to learn from ‘unusual’ red card

Collins was sent off for challenging Jack Grealish during Wolves’ defeat to Manchester City on Saturday

Republic of Ireland coach Stephen Kenny backed Nathan Collins to learn from the incident that led to the defender being sent off by Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Collins, who joined Wolves from Burnley in the summer, was too Show a direct red card For a reckless challenge against Manchester City’s Jack Grealish.

But Kenny, who said he might talk to Collins about the incident, doesn’t think it will affect the 21-year-old.

“It’s uncharacteristic for Nathan, he’s totally disciplined,” Kenny said.

“I am sure he will learn from it.”

Collins was sacked after hitting Grealish with a high neck in the first half of Wolverhampton’s Premier League defeat at Molineux Stadium and will be suspended for three games.

The central defender has established himself as a key player for both club and country, scoring his first international goal with a superb individual effort in League of Nations tied with Ukraine in June.

Collins is expected to make another prominent appearance for the Republic as Kenya’s side conclude their Nations League campaign with Saturday’s trip to Scotland and Tuesday’s home game against Armenia.

“No, I don’t think that would be the case,” Kenny said when asked if he thought Collins’ confidence could be hampered by a red card.

The Republic is intent on ending its Nations League campaign at the highest level after a mixed four-way match in June in which he scored one point from two games against Ukraine, lost to Armenia and won in an impressive manner over Scotland.

Obafemi celebrates his goal against Scotland
Michael Obafemi scored one goal and set up another in Republic’s 3-0 win over Scotland at Aviva Stadium in June.

The 3-0 victory over the Scots It was arguably the Republic’s strongest performance under Kenny but Dublin says there are “many areas” in which his players can improve ahead of Saturday’s second leg at Hampden Park.

“He. She [the previous performance against Scotland] It wasn’t perfect – we had two chances in the match and I think there are areas of this performance that we can improve on, many areas that we can improve,” Kenny added.

“It was a very good performance, but we have to move on from that. It was then and now we have to go to Hampden with great determination because Scotland’s record at home is excellent.

“We’re going to have to put in a really great performance to get a result there and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

This week Kenny called up Liam Skilles – on loan from Aberdeen from Celtic – to replace injured defender Andrew Aumobamidel, while Robbie Brady is back in the fold after an 18-month absence after impressing new club Preston.

Kenny also has a decision to make regarding the likes of Seamus Coleman, Matt Doherty and Shane Duffy, who haven’t started working with their clubs.

“It is not ideal that none of the players play for their teams, it is not an ideal situation, especially over a long period of time,” he admitted.

“You wouldn’t want to go in with too many players who haven’t played matches.”