Wednesday 18 October 2017

John Giles: The Poles are nervous wrecks – they are still there for the taking

Grzegorz Krychowiak celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Grzegorz Krychowiak celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Ireland trail Poland 2-1 at the break but the RTE panel believe the suspect Polish defence is there for the taking.

A penalty from Jon Walters was sandwiched between goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and in-form Robert Lewandowski three minutes before the break.

After Thursday’s 1-0 win over Germany, Ireland know a win or a scoring draw 2-2 or more would be enough to seal an automatic spot, but will need at least one goal after the break to leapfrog the home side for the second position in the group.

“I think the Poles were nervous wrecks, if we can get at them at all they are there for the taking,” John Giles said during the interval. "They are still there for the taking.”

“They look poor at the back,” Eamon Dunphy said, adding to Giles’ assertion that Ireland were defending well up until the concession of the second goal.

John O’Shea and Glenn Whelan picked up yellow cards and Liam Brady suggested the Irish ill-discipline could cost the team dearly, though felt Whelan’s caution for a challenge on Lewandowski was “harsh”.

“I’d be surprised if we ended the game with 11 players,” he said.

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