Saturday 25 November 2017

Euro 2012: We must top Paris peak to have a chance -- Doyle

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

KEVIN DOYLE feels that Ireland will have to step up a notch from their benchmark performance in Paris three years ago to keep their Euro 2012 dream alive, but he doesn't know if he will be involved against Spain tomorrow night.

The Wexford man impressed in Sunday's opener with Croatia, but Giovanni Trapattoni has suggested Jonathan Walters could start against the world champions.

"It's no different than always," says Doyle. "If he plays or Shane Long plays or Coxy, I won't mind. I want us to get something, no matter what. Jonny did well when he came on against Croatia and the manager makes decisions. You get on with it."

The bigger picture, though, is that defeat will mean the end for Ireland's quarter-final chances. And Doyle knows this team will have to reach previously unscaled heights.

"We played very well that night against France, but we didn't get a result, so we're going to have to play better than that night. We'll need things to go our way -- but it's not impossible.

"I think we'll play well -- but we need to make sure we get something. If we do it, it'll be our usual way of doing things. The hard way.

"The fans are very excited and we want to keep that going. We want to be going to the next round. Not going home with our tails between our legs."

The 28-year-old admits that spirits were low after the Croatia game, but said the squad moved on quickly, adding: "We're pretty used to playing in short spaces of time and having to get over defeats."

Irish Independent

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