O'Neill also had warm words for Sessègnon, a Benin international. "He's been brilliant with great control of the ball," he said. "He has so many different aspects to his game. Sometimes he'll overdo things but he does see the game around him, the bigger picture."
The only problem is communication. A lack of it has necessitated O'Neill trying to remember his schoolboy French. "I've dug my dictionary from my old French O-level and checked a couple of words and written them down and showed it to Stéphane," O'Neill said. "I wrote 'you have not paid your fine' for being late. I had to go to the dictionary to find the word fine. He knew what I was saying, though, even if he hasn't gone to the bank and paid the fine yet."