Saturday 24 February 2018

Brady apologises after 'silly' booking brings ban

Brady: Misses Wales game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Brady: Misses Wales game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Shane Duffy revealed that Martin O'Neill gave him a "slap on the head" for his mistake which cost Ireland a goal away to Moldova last month.

For Robbie Brady, it was a case of kicking himself and not needing any punishment from his boss on the back of the needless booking he picked up in Vienna on Saturday night, punishment for kicking the ball away, his second caution of the group which rules him out of the next qualifier, that key date at home to Wales in March.

Ireland had to cope without Brady, through injury, in Moldova but his absence will still be felt at home to the Welsh - a fixture which their key man Joe Ledley admits is a must-win game - especially by the man himself. "I had forgot all about it and I didn't realise it - it was silly from myself," Brady says of the fact that he went into the game on one booking.

"I just felt at that moment in time if they had picked it up and thrown it in behind someone there might have been some danger, so I flicked it rather than kicked it away, hoping I might get away with it but he booked me.

"I really don't want to miss out on the next game. I know we have great players to come in but it won't make it any easier on myself to miss it, I love coming in here and playing in every game, it's an opportunity missed from me, the booking was silly of me and I can only apologise," added Brady.

The yellow card was the only sour note on the night for Brady where he delivered a solid display at left back while his club-mate Wes Hoolahan played a key role in the goal, with a pass to James McClean to score the winner.

"Wes was great, sometimes you have to give and take with a player like that, he was fantastic and to slip a ball through for James for the goal like that was great," added Brady. "A lot of our good chances in the game had Wes in the middle of them, it was a great pass and with the pace and power that James McClean has not many defenders will catch him."

Saturday was a major step in the progress of the side as the victory in Vienna was the first away qualifying win over a higher-ranked nation since Scotland in 1987, the first on the continent since 1967 and the first-ever win in Austria.

"There were a few comments and stats going around before the game but we knew what we needed to do, we knew what we came here to do, we have a fantastic set of lads and we went out and showed it again, one-nil away to Austria and hopefully this will be a memorable night in qualifying for the World Cup if we can manage it," said Brady.

"We have a massive squad and everyone is hungry to play.

"These lads: we feel so privileged to come here and play for Ireland. It's literally people chomping at the bit for that chance and just to be able to slide in and put in the performance that we did on Saturday, I thought the lads were outstanding.

"We have picked up some fantastic results, it's been a great year and hopefully we can keep going."

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