Sunday 15 September 2019

Manager hails attitude of players and fans as McGoldrick earns late point


Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Ireland manager Mick McCarty said last night's Aviva atmosphere reminded him of the glory days under Jack Charlton.

And he praised the "durability" of his side who came from behind against a main qualification rival for the second successive occasion as they plundered a dramatic, late draw against Switzerland.

David McGoldrick's thunderous late header cancelled out Fabian Schar's lead goal for the Swiss to keep Ireland in the hunt for a Euro 2020 slot next summer.

"They had chances, we had chances," said McCarthy.

"We deserved it for durability. We kept going. We got a point against a very good side who dominated us for certain spells, a team with very good players playing for very good clubs.

"We set off playing one system, I changed it one or two times to try and settle us down. They have very good players but I'm proud of my players as well.

"Our guys in the middle only had about six games tonight and why not play someone else I hear you cry? Because they're my most experienced players.

"I'm proud we got the result, like we did in Denmark. Are we the best team in group? Probably not, but we don't half keep going.

"The fans made it a great night, a bit like the old days in my time and back to Jack's days so I'd like to thank them for that.

"We've had a lot of great goodwill despite other stuff going on. It has helped people believe in the team again.

"I'm delighted for David McGoldrick. He's been excellent over the five games, centre-forwards like to score. All the heading practice worked.

"I said before the game I would have taken a point, certainly 1-0 down with 10 to go. We've hit the crossbar, scored the goal and gone after them at the end of it."

Swiss manager Vladmir Petkovic claimed that Ireland's equalising goal should have been rubbed off for an offside offence as he bemoaned a slew of missed chances for his side.

"Maybe there was an offside in the build-up to their goal but we need to concentrate for 90 minutes," said Petkovic.


"It was two points dropped. If we win, we are nearly 50 per cent there. But we know if we can get another four points, it should be OK.

"Ireland still need to come to Switzerland to win. We know there are no easy opponents but we are still on track to qualify.

"It wasn't a deserved draw after we gave away the lead. It was a positive performance, we dominated the game but in the first half we committed a few errors, we slipped a few times when we were in on goal.

"We had a lot of possession and a lot of shots and there was not much missing.

"After we went 1-0 up, we pressed high but Ireland scored the goal when we were in possession."

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