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Thursday 26 April 2018

Eamon Dunphy

"We got the result without a number of our better players like Richard Dunne, Kevin Doyle and Damien Duff and we were fortunate on the night...But Robbie Keane really led the team again, he scored the goals again and Shay Given -- another of our great players -- they both deserve to go to a major finals...The performance in general, I thought, was very, very poor. We didn't string passes together, we didn't retain possession of the ball, we were a mess at the back at times, but we got the job done and I'm very happy...But I must say, some of the passing, the football was dire. When you think of some of the football we watched last Saturday night you could argue we weren't watching the same sport at all."

John Giles

"I'm happy for the team, the result was great. Macedonia certainly weren't as good as I expected them to be and we deserved to win it, getting some breaks in the first half...We were the better team. I would prefer us to play better football and keep possession of the ball and win it in an easier way and maybe score another goal...There's no doubt that Trapattoni has brought organisation to the team, but I don't think keeping the ball would take away from that. I don't think it's an either/or. It helps you to win matches...I thought it was outrageous that (Simon) Cox started the match and I still do. He works hard, but I'd have picked Long."

Liam Brady

"I think Giovanni Trapattoni is doing an absolutely first-class job with a lot of players who are coming towards the end of their careers and not a lot of real talent to take their place. He's doing it with a very united bunch of players."

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Ray Houghton

"Whenever you go away from home and get a result it's terrific. To come away with a clean sheet and score two goals, you're more than delighted....Look at the faces of the players out there, the expressions, the delight. It's an absolutely fabulous win...It's not the greatest of performances, but it's an immense win. Knowing that Russia had won, knowing that Slovakia had won. Brilliant."

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