Martin O'Neill hails players but admits hard work ahead
MARTIN O'NEILL paid tribute to his players but admitted there was room for improvement after a dull scoreless draw in Poland.
Both teams struggled to create chances on a chilly night in Poznan, with the poor playing surface at the Municipal Stadium failing to help proceedings. However, O'Neill was satisfied that a team with seven changes from Friday's win over Latvia applied themselves well to the task, although he acknowledged there were areas of play that Ireland could work on.
"It was away from home and it's a good result for us in that sense," said O'Neill. "Of course, there are a lot of things we can improve on, the players feel that themselves. But tonight was tough going and we saw it through.
"It was not the most fantastic spectacle but we can improve. I think we can deal with good possession a wee bit better.
"The pitch was very sticky, there were some divots out there but that was the same for both teams. I thought the last 10 minutes of the first half, we became a bit ragged and lost shape and gave the ball away needlessly but we showed terrific resilience towards the end."
O'Neill again praised the contribution of Aiden McGeady, feeling that he was Ireland's most dangerous player in the final third. "He's got terrific feet and he's a genuine danger," he said.
The 61-year-old was also happy with the impressive Marc Wilson, who was again picked at centre-half before moving into central midfield. "Marc has a real presence about him and can play left-back as well," said O'Neill.