Monday 11 December 2017

Euro 2012: St Ledger laments sloppy defending

St Ledger
St Ledger

Press Association

Republic of Ireland centre-half Sean St Ledger lamented his side's defensive sloppiness as they lost their European Championship opener 3-1 to Croatia in Poznan tonight.

St Ledger cancelled out Mario Mandzukic's soft opener but Croatia won it with a Nikica Jelavic goal - after a blunder by Wolves full-back Stephen Ward - and another from Mandzukic, whose header hit the post before going in off Republic goalkeeper Shay Given.

It all contributed to an unhappy night for Giovanni Trapattoni's men, who now face an uphill task to qualify from Group C which also contains Spain and Italy.

St Ledger told ITV1: "We conceded sloppy goals which is unlike us, we are usually pretty tight.

"The second one was dubious, it could have been offside and we thought it was a foul.

"We had to come out in the second half and the next goal was important.

"Obviously they got it and when you are 3-1 down to a side like Croatia it's always going to be tough.

"It was unlike us the goals we conceded. I wouldn't say Croatia split us open but they were poor goals to concede."

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