Monday 26 August 2019

'I was delighted to come on and make a difference' - Robbie Brady reveals his disappointment at being dropped

Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Euro 2020 Group D win over Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Euro 2020 Group D win over Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Robbie Brady admitted he was disappointed to be left out of the Ireland line-up by manager Mick McCarthy, after he came off the bench to score a late clincher in the lacklustre 2-0 win against Gibraltar in the Euro 2020 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

A blunt Ireland performance was given a late flourish by Brady's injury-time header, as the Burnley midfielder admitted he was not happy to be left on the bench by McCarthy.

"I was disappointed not to start," confirmed Brady in an interview with Sky Sports. "I was looking forward to getting back and playing a home game. I didn't manage to start, I was delighted to come on a make a difference.

"It's been a while since I scored and it's been a frustrating year. Hopefully it'll be a good one next year

"Gibraltar are a totally different team to the one we faced in the last campaign, they're more compact and organised. They made it difficult at times but didn't cause us too many problems.

"We could have taken a bit more care and scored a few more. We definitely need to tidy up in the next games if we want to push on."

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy gestures during the Euro 2020 Group D win over Gibraltar. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy gestures during the Euro 2020 Group D win over Gibraltar. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman conceded Ireland's performance was not as good as it should have been against the Group D minnows, as he suggested the desire to impress in front of the Irish fans in Dublin had an impact on the performance.

"Maybe we were trying to force it too much," said the Everton full-back. "We're a bit disappointed with the way we performed. We'd like to have been better at times, but we won.

"We just tried to score with every attack instead of being patient and breaking them down. You've got to respect Gibraltar. We knew it would be a difficult game, but we could have been better.

"The important thing is we have ten points on the board after four games and that is all that matters at this stage. We could have been better, but we will take the three points."

David McGoldrick was named as Ireland's man of the match for a second successive home, but the Sheffield United striker admitted he was left frustrated as his wait for a first international goal continues.

"All striker are judged on goals and I wanted to get one in this game," he said. "I'm getting chances and they are just not going my way, but I have to keep going. I'd love to stand here with a goal for Ireland on my CV, but it wasn't to be.

"The three points is the main thing. Everyone expected us to get a load of goals. I should have scored, but the main thing is 10 points from four games."

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