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Trapattoni pleased with Irish display

Published 23/03/2013 | 08:21

Giovanni Trapattoni was happy to come away from Sweden with a point
Giovanni Trapattoni was happy to come away from Sweden with a point

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was pleased with his side's performance in their goalless World Cup qualifying draw in Sweden.

The Irish successfully quelled the threat of a Swedish side who drew 4-4 with Germany last October to claim a valuable Group C point at Stockholm's Friends Arena.

Trapattoni said: "I think this 90 minutes is a good result. Sweden have not forgotten how to score four goals, as they did against Germany."

He went on: "We started and in the first minutes we had a great opportunity with Shane Long. He could strike better but it was a good opportunity. Afterwards the game had a good balance.

"I don't know if Sweden were afraid about us but we were not afraid of them.

"For us it was very important not to concede a goal, or concede a defeat.

"Now we have played nine games without losing away.

"We are slowly changing some players in this team and the young players are getting more confident. I am sure we can increase this in the future, with this group."

Ireland dominated the opening 20 minutes but Sweden then came into the game and had the better chances. Millwall goalkeeper David Forde came to their rescue on his first competitive start, saving superbly from Tobias Hysen in the first half and also keeping out an awkward Kim Kallstrom free-kick. His most dramatic save came in the last minute when he palmed away a powerful effort from Rasmus Elm.

Trapattoni, who selected Forde ahead of Sunderland's Keiren Westwood, said: "I am very confident with Forde. Congratulations to him for this."

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