John Giles, who was not part of the RTE panel yesterday, said that while the team spirit cannot be called into question, it was another frustrating performance.
“It was a disappointing result, no question,” he told Independent.ie. “The team started well and played with plenty of spirit, they were the better team in the first half. They lost the goal at a bad time in the second half.
“But the match was scrappy. Ireland scrapped better than Scotland scrapped for most of the game and you couldn’t doubt the Irish spirit in any way whatsoever.”
“We’re not out of it entirely yet, still possibilities with big matches to come up, but it makes it very difficult.”
As with the reverse fixture against Scotland in November, Giles was reduced to a spectator as Richie Sadlier replaced the foorballing legend legend on the RTE panel — and he watched events unfold at an Irish Centre in Birmingham.
“It was okay, I watched it anyway,” he joked. “They had a little room for us, so it was good. They get the Irish coverage and there was a good crowd in there.”
Did he keep a close eye on the pre and post-match analysis from his RTE colleagues?
“I listened to them before and after,” he admitted. “The lads always do well.”