Wednesday 21 February 2018

Media gloom colouring the perception of Ireland mood - Meyler

Republic of Ireland and Hull City's David Meyler. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland and Hull City's David Meyler. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

David Meyler believes the negative mood after Ireland's World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and Serbia last month was created by the media.

Martin O'Neill's side took one point from six in the key double-header and now need full points from their concluding Group D games with Moldova and Wales to stand any chance of making next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The Hull player was brought into the side following the disappointing draw in Tbilisi and impressed in the defeat to Serbia at the Aviva where the hosts upped their performance level without getting any reward.

"You talk about doom and gloom, but you guys in the press created the doom and gloom," said Meyler yesterday.

"If you'd said to me that we'd have two games to go - Moldova at home and Wales away - to give ourselves the best opportunity to qualify for the World Cup, are you telling me you wouldn't take it?"

The point was made to the midfielder that Ireland were in a much stronger position at the beginning of the year.

"Yeah, of course," he replied, "But you've got to understand that every game is different and every game is going to be tough.

"Obviously it's in the players' hands - to beat Moldova at home and then go to Wales and give ourselves a great chance of qualifying. I still believe that we'll go to Russia."

Chances

Meyler was non-committal on his own chances of involvement this week, although he arrives in good form having converted a penalty for Hull in a 6-1 win over Birmingham on Saturday.

The Corkman did acknowledge that Ireland should be beating Moldova at the Aviva and should then have no fears about taking on a Wales side that it's impossible to discuss without referring to Gareth Bale.

Meyler disputes the view that the Welsh are clearly superior and calls it as an even encounter.

"In the group, we've got Georgia, Austria, Serbia and Wales; that's four good teams. That's no disrespect to Moldova but they're not the same as the other sides. Any one of us could beat any other on any given day.

"Moldova are not going to make it easy for us but I feel at home we should be dominant. We should beat them.

"But if you look at Wales. Yes, they've got a world-class player. He's probably in the top five players in the world, but the rest of the players on paper you could cut it through the middle.

"Yeah, they've got an exceptional player. We've played against teams with exceptional players before and got results. Look at the Germany team - we've proved we can get results."

Irish Independent

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