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Ireland coach O'Neill praises Hull's Meyler for keeping cool after Pardew clash

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill says Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew should be grateful to David Meyler after Saturday's bust-up.

The Hull City midfielder turned the other cheek after being butted by Pardew.

"A lot of players may have reacted differently to David, that's what I think. I think Alan Pardew will be pleased that it was Meyler that he was dealing with," said O'Neill.

"I think David did very, very well for the Newcastle manager. Other players may have gone down.

"His own club manager Steve (Bruce) made reference to that."

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