Monday 21 October 2019

'I was disappointed that we didn't put on a little bit more of a show' - Seamus Coleman's message to Ireland fans

Seamus Coleman of Republic of Ireland in action against Ethan Britto of Gibraltar
Seamus Coleman of Republic of Ireland in action against Ethan Britto of Gibraltar

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman admits that Mick McCarthy's side let the Irish support down by failing to put on a "show" at home to Gibraltar last night.

But the Everton defender feels that the Republic can make the improvements needed to stay on course for Euro 2020 qualification.

An injury time goal from Robbie Brady gave a gloss to the scoreline of 2-0 from the win over Gibraltar and Coleman admitted that 90 minutes was not value for money.

"I think we were disappointed because we felt like we wanted to put on a show, we're at home, we've been playing on the front foot recently, we've been quite positive," Coleman said today.

SPAR Better Choices ambassador and Republic of Ireland Captain, Seamus Coleman launched the new SPAR Better Choices Low Fat Protein Milk and Mega Milk.
SPAR Better Choices ambassador and Republic of Ireland Captain, Seamus Coleman launched the new SPAR Better Choices Low Fat Protein Milk and Mega Milk.

"So, we felt like we needed to impress a little bit more. We didn't do that. Darren [Randolph] didn't have much to do in the second half. It's not like we weren't on top. It's just that we weren't patient enough in the final third. And weren't clinical enough.

"I think no matter what level you play at I think the crowd feed off what you're doing on the pitch. At times it was a bit flat because we were a bit flat, and then when we scored the atmosphere was good.

"I touched on it a few times this week, our fans our great. That's why I was disappointed that we didn't put on a little bit more of a show for them, because they spent good money to come and watch us as well. 

"Maybe nights like last night, fans might not be going home as happy as we would like them to. But we still won the game. I've no questions about how they'll view us going forward, they've always supported us through good and bad times.

"When we're out there I always feel fully supported by the fans. And we've got 10 points from 12 and it's been a good start for us. We look forward and I know fans will be with us every step of the way," he added.

"There's definitely things to improve on and obviously last night we weren't amazing, but I thought we were quite good against Denmark. As I said we have got a lot to look forward to. I know we played Gibraltar twice and there's a hell of a lot of work to do in this group yet, but we are looking forward to the games coming up."

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