Wednesday 25 April 2018

Austrian defender admits Shane Duffy's late disallowed goal should have stood

Shane Duffy's goal was disallowed
Shane Duffy's goal was disallowed

Harry Clarke

Shane Duffy's late disallowed goal should have stood, according to Austrian defender Sebastien Prodl.

Jon Walters rescued a point for Martin O'Neill's Ireland with a blistering 83rd-minute strike but it could have been so much more had Duffy's close range effort have stood just a couple of minutes from full time.

Duffy rose to challenge Austria's Stefan Lainer for a high ball on the line with both the ball and Lainer ending up in the back of the net. Spanish referee David Fernández blew for a free out top leave Duffy baffled.

"I would attack in the same way," Prodl told RTE. "I think a British referee wouldn’t have whistled but lucky for us he was a Spanish referee and he gave a foul.

I think just in the end of the game we were lucky because they put a lot of pressure on, but we should have played cleverer in the end. We should have won this game.

"We were very clever in the first half, I think Ireland had no big chances only shots from the second line. We made it very difficult for them and they got annoyed."

Duffy himself thought the goal should have stood but admitted he could see why the referee blew for a foul.

"I could see why he (ref) didn't give it, but I know it is not a foul," he insisted. "I have eyes on the ball the whole way.

"Anywhere else on the pitch it is not a foul, so I am not sure about that, but I could see why he didn't give it.

"It is easy to look at the referee," he continued. "But you have to look at yourself a bit and in the first half we weren't at it, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

"That's where you have to look and not just blame the ref. There is no point, he is there to make decisions, some are right some are wrong.

"We could have been better in the first half.

"The manager just told us to get it up there, get it up there to the big boys, and they (Austria) couldn't handle it really."

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