Wednesday 20 November 2019

James McClean gives a brutally honest assesment of Ireland's woeful display in Georgia

Republic Of Ireland's James McClean applauds fans after the match. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
Republic Of Ireland's James McClean applauds fans after the match. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

James McClean admitted Ireland were ‘not good enough’ as he gave a brutally honest assessment of a disappointing display in a 1-1 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi.

Ireland were fortunate to escape with a point after a woefully below par performance, with McClean scathing in his assessment of his own performance and that of the team.

“We were just not good enough on the night, to be honest,” conceded the West Bromwich Albion winger.

“We had a great start and should have built on that, but we didn’t. Now we know we have to win on Tuesday night against Serbia, it’s as simple as that.

“Our finishing was poor and I was guilty of that myself, I had a couple of great chances, but our passing, our energy, all over…we were not good enough.

“They are a lot better than what people think, but I believe we are better and we didn’t show that.”

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill also conceded his side were below par in Tbilisi, as he admitted improvements are needed heading into the clash with Serbia.

“We have had four really good chances to win the game, but I accept the point that we didn’t play well enough,” stated O’Neill.

“Any team that finishes in front of Serbia will win the group and we have to try and win the game.”

Former Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews described the performance in Georgia as ‘one of the worst I can remember from an Irish team’, as he was scathing in his verdict on the display.

“So many players failed to play anywhere where we know they can,” stated Andrews. “We just didn’t get going and were lucky to get out of that with a draw.

“We were way off it. Every single department was not good enough and not at the level we expect. We were not good enough.”

“I thought at half-time we would see a different team and Martin would tweak some aspects of the team, but it just didn’t happen.

“James McClean was honest in his point match interview, he hit the nail on the head.

 “If we play like this against Serbia on Tuesday, they will take us to the cleaners. It is going to be very, very difficult, but I will be amazed if they don’t produce a better performance on Tuesday.”

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