Monday 25 September 2017

Cyrus Christie urges Republic of Ireland to learn from their mistakes

Cyrus Christie has urged the Republic of Ireland to learn from their mistakes
Cyrus Christie has urged the Republic of Ireland to learn from their mistakes

Cyrus Christie has urged the Republic of Ireland to learn from their mistakes if they are to revive their hopes of a trip to the World Cup finals in Russia.

A costly 1-1 draw in Georgia and a first defeat of the campaign at the hands of Group D leaders Serbia on Tuesday evening have left the Republic almost certainly facing elimination unless they can win their final two qualifiers.

Victory over basement boys Moldova in Dublin on October 6 could set up a winner-takes-all showdown with Wales in Cardiff three days later, and Christie and his team-mates know the equation is straightforward.

The Middlesbrough full-back said: "We know what we have to do. When Moldova come here, we have to put on a performance and play like we did [against Serbia] and take our chances, and then go to Wales and win there as well.

"We know we can beat both those teams. We showed on Tuesday night what we are capable of.

"In Georgia, obviously we did let ourselves down, but we have to move on from that now and learn from it and put our mistakes right."

Ireland emerged from their clash with Serbia having restored pride with a much-improved performance, but ultimately to no avail as Aleksandar Kolarov's second-half piledriver ensured the points returned to Belgrade.

Martin O'Neill's men created a series of good opportunities and felt they should have had a penalty for Jagos Vukovic's late challenge on substitute Daryl Murphy, but they simply could not find the killer touch to reap the rewards of their hard work.

Christie said: "We improved on the Georgia game - I don' think we could have got much worse, to be honest. We were the better team throughout.

"They scored against the run of play, we had a lot of chances and we didn't quite have the cutting edge to finish them off. On another day, we put them to bed and we really should have done that.

"We have to put it right now. We have to regroup, we have to learn from the mistakes that we've made and improve on what we can do better.

"We know we can win, we know we can put away our chances - we have shown it throughout. We're a strong team and when we perform like that, usually we win.

"It just didn't quite happen for us, so we move on now. We look forward to the other two games and we have to win both."

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