Martin O'Neill: 'An away goal can be wiped out in a minute - It's all to play for'
Published 13/11/2015 | 22:50
Martin O'Neill moved immediately to damp down huge expectation created by Ireland's dogged draw in Zenica and believes that a win at the Aviva in the Euro 2016 second-leg will be necessary to make it to France.
"We got an away goal which helps but that can be wiped out in a minute. It was a tough game for us but we fought very hard. We have everything to play for."
" I don't think the advantage is with us. Bosnia are capable of scoring a goal. We will have to play very strongly again but we have given ourselves a chance."
Like everyone else, O'Neill was worried that the game might be called off because of the thick blanket of fog which enveloped the stadium after half-time.
"I was concerned when the fog came down. What I didn't know until afterwards was that if the game had been called off we would only have come back for the rest of the game. The rule before was that you come back for all of it."
"Since we had played the first half and game was goalless it wouldn't have been too bad. The fog didn't get worse and the referee saw fit to start the second half and saw fit to keep the game going."
"I'm delighted the fog didn't prevent the game from being finished. We could all gripe about one or two decisions but I thought referee was outstanding and I haven't said that for a long time.
O'Neill saw very little of Robbie Brady's goal.
It was a very foggy goal," he said smiling. "Haven't seen it back since but I think he did very well to get back into position' although he's being modest about it. It was a great boost for us and keeps us alive and going.
O'Neill had a positive bulletin about his missing players.
"I'm hoping that John O'Shea is still doing well. We will see. He will join up with us tomorrow. Jon Walters coming in and I hope nothing happens. He can play in terms of fitness. Shane Long hasn't ruled himself out. He has no football which is very very important but it's great to know he doesn't want to rule himself out."
Bosnia boss Mehmed Bazdarevic was clearly deflated by the result but also by his teams performance.
"I can only comment on the second half. It was a difficult game as we expected but we didn't play well against this rather tough team. The first 25 minutes we were good but we didn't make life difficult for our opponents."
"Nothing is lost, I'm still an optimist and if we play better we can win the second game."
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