Shane Long: We have to make something happen against Poland
Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30
Shane Long's reward for scoring an historic winning goal against mighty Germany was a trip to anti-doping room.
Instead of celebrating with his ecstatic team-mates and the management team, Long was hustled away to give a sample for the drug testers. Midfielder James McCarthy was also selected for the random test.
But before he was separated from the other players Long said: "To get a goal against one of the best goalies in the world is very special.
"For us to beat the world champions at home is fantastic.
"Now we have to go to Poland and hopefully we can make something good happen there."
Midfielder West Hoolahan covered every inch of the Aviva Stadium pitch in a tense and often fraught game for the home side.
"We dug in deep, defended brilliantly and Darren pulled off one or two good saves. Fair play to the lads. They were excellent," he said.
Hoolahan could hardly believe it when Long got the breakthrough goal.
"It was brilliant. Words can't describe it.
"Then we just needed to hold on for the win and we did. It made it a great evening for us."
The Norwich midfielder felt the last 20 minutes after the goal was an eternity.
"It was a long, long time, especially against the Germans. They are the best team in the world and defending against them, the lads should be proud.
"It was a great night for us," he said.
For all the delight of last night, Hoolahan and the rest of the squad know a huge task awaits away to Poland on Sunday.
"Poland are a great team. But we are going there with confidence knowing we can get the result we need.
"It's a massive turnaround.
"It was going to be a difficult task but we have come here, three wins in a row, and now we go to Poland and hopefully get a good result," he said.
Jon Walters, another hero on the night, was in buoyant mood.
"We were excellent, a result like that speaks for itself.
"There were times out there when you had got to ride your luck, and we did.
"It was a great finish from Shane and that's exactly the result we wanted," he said.
Where does it rank in his time playing for Ireland?
"It's gotta be up there but we haven't qualified yet.
"We have got a big game coming up Sunday so we can't get too carried away with ourselves.
"That's a huge result for us and its great to see the place rocking. Hopefully we can go and qualify on Sunday.
"If we win the game we qualify automatically, that's the aim so we'll see.
"We will recover now and recover for Sunday, and we can't get too carried away," he added.