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Bosnia coach admits to feelings of regret after a 1-1 draw on home soil

Daniel McDonnell

Published 14/11/2015 | 01:42

Robbie Brady fires his shot through the legs of the Bosnian defence - and the fog - to give
Ireland the lead
Robbie Brady fires his shot through the legs of the Bosnian defence - and the fog - to give Ireland the lead

BOSNIA coach Mehmed Bazdarevic admitted to feelings of regret after a 1-1 draw on home soil last night gave his team a lot of work to do in Dublin on Monday.

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There was a sense of deflation around Zenica despite the fact that Edin Dzeko's quick response to Robbie Brady's fine goal levelled things up ahead of the second leg.

"We do have regrets for not doing more," said Bazdarevic, who had surprised locals by naming a starting XI that was more defensive than what was expected in the preliminaries. "We should maybe have taken more risks but this is how it goes. You do have a right to question some of these decisions.

"There were some good moments, but we do have regrets for not doing more," he said. "We did not play as well as we should have agaisnt this tough team. We did not manage through the game to make life difficult enough for this opponent. But, again, nothing is lost. I think if we play better and have a better attitude then we can have a better result in the second leg."

Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic admitted that Ireland's lead goal had come as a major setback given that the natives had created the main chances in that game at that juncture.

"We had to get the first goal, as we were better than them," he said. "We played well, but they got an undeserved first goal. We've got a tough match and the pressure is great but it's up to us."

Midfielder Senad Lucic, who was denied a breakthrough by a fine Darren Randolph stop, said that the hosts were guilty of replicating Ireland and adopting a direct approach.

"They do not know how to play unless it is like this," he suggested, "I regret that we were playing their game more than we should. We have to get ball down on the ground."

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