Martin O誰eill defends his record after mistakes cost Republic of Ireland

Paul Doyle at the Aviva Stadium on 15 November 2017

Martin O誰eill rued the mistakes that contributed to his team痴 chastening World Cup play-off defeat by Denmark but defended his record as Republic of Ireland manager.

The Irish took an early lead in Dublin thanks to Shane Duffy痴 sixth-minute strike but soon disintegrated and were punished by a Danish team for whom Christian Eriksen sparkled, scoring a high-class hat-trick and prompting the Denmark manager to describe him as one of the world痴 top-10 players.

的知 really disappointed. We were well beaten in the end after a really good start, said O誰eill, whose team surrendered their lead by conceding twice in three first-half minutes following a series of blunders. 典he two goals we conceded in a couple of minutes knocked us for six. They were very, very poor goals.

O誰eill reacted angrily to the suggestion that a defeat such as this had always been on the cards because of his negative approach and that he had finally run out of luck. 典hat痴 simply not true, he said. 的 didn稚 win the trophies I致e won as a player and a manager by having luck. I totally disagree with that.

展e were well beaten by a side that was technically better than us and had a world-class player in their team. We fought tooth and nail to get into this position. This was not the first match of the competition, it was a play-off to get to the World Cup. The disappointment is strong but I have to commend the players for getting this far.

Before the end of the group stage O誰eill reached a verbal agreement with John Delaney, the head of the Football Association of Ireland, about signing a new two-year contract. That has not yet been signed. 的 haven稚 spoken to John since we last talked about it, he said. 的値l speak to him again, I知 sure, in the next couple of weeks.

Denmark痴 manager, Age Hareide, said his team is benefiting from how happy Eriksen is at Tottenham Hotspur. 滴e痴 absolutely in the top-10 [players in the world], he said. 的t痴 difficult to rank but we saw against Real Madrid that he痴 probably one of the best players in his positions at the moment, he said. 迭onaldo and Messi are playing as forwards but Christian is more a wide man or a central midfielder. He has this ability of scoring goals and finding space. And he痴 in a team now, Tottenham, that wants to play football. We saw that against Real Madrid. It suits him to play there. He has good players to play there and a good manager. I think he痴 enjoying his time at Tottenham at the moment.

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