Saturday 21 September 2019

Colin Doyle: I should have done better but I'm strong enough to recover

Republic of Ireland's Colin Doyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland's Colin Doyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle took full responsibility for his error that gifted Nabil Fekir France's second goal in their 2-0 win last night.

Doyle allowed a speculative shot spill through his grasp and while the conditions were horrendous, he was honest enough not to look for excuses.

"It came through a few bodies, I was unsighted," a disappointed Doyle said.

"Look, I should have kept it out. I should have done better. I sort of got two hands on it. I didn't know where it was, to be honest.

"I pushed it and it sort of went up. I thought I pushed it wide but when I looked up around me and saw it come down under the bar. I tried to get it up but it was too late."

Doyle revealed that Roy Keane put an arm around his shoulder afterwards as he praised the manner in which he recovered from the howler.

"You just have to try and forget it," the 32-year-old insisted.

"Look, Roy said to me after the game, 'Well done because it's how you recover from mistakes.' He said I did well other than that. Obviously it's a blatant error.

"We had a good chance at the end to get one back. If I don't make that error, it could have been 1-1 but it's ifs and buts isn't it?

"Errors are part and parcel of the game. It's how you recover from them. Luckily enough, I recovered OK. I tried to get it out of my head, which I did. I'll move on from it. I can't dwell on it."

Doyle pulled off a string of fine saves but he is aware that people will remember him for the mistake rather than his good moments.

Doyle will hope to get another chance against the USA on Saturday but Martin O'Neill may well rotate his goalkeepers.

"You want to play every game," Doyle maintained.

"Other than the obvious mistake, I was happy with my performance. However, nobody will look at how I did, people will probably just talk about the error. People won't look at the saves I made but look, it's part and parcel of football.

"Look at the Liverpool lad on Saturday, he made a couple of errors to lose the Champions League and I felt sorry for him.

"I'm big and strong enough to take it so I'll move on."

It was a busy evening for Doyle whose goal was peppered with shots from every angle, and for the most part, he coped well.

"You could probably say that it was France's 'B' team," the Cork native added.

"We saw Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba coming off the bench for them.

"They've a top-quality squad and are one of the favourites for the World Cup.

"The way they move the ball - one and two-touch football - means you can't get near them.

"We need to be better. That's where we want to play, be in World Cups and European Championships. They're the teams we've to aspire to be. I know it's a relatively new squad coming together, a few young lads, but we'll have to learn fast.

"You can have your bread and butter from playing at your club every week but international football is a different level."

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