Own goal helps Ireland edge Gibraltar 2-0 in Euro qualifying

Own goal helps Ireland edge Gibraltar 2-0 in Euro qualifying

Own goal helps Ireland edge Gibraltar 2-0 in Euro qualifying

It was a frustrating night for the home side at the Aviva Stadium last night.

Ireland limped to a 2-0 win over Group D minnows Gibraltar thanks to a first-half own goal and a late Robbie Brady header as the Boys in Green kept their unbeaten start to the Euro 2020 campaign intact.

We could have scored more and if we end up regretting it when someone beats us on goal difference, I may regret it then but now I am happy with 10 points. "We have had two terrible games against Gibraltar, but we've dispatched them both and - as far as I'm concerned - we beat them in both, so six points from the two games".

"We understand that pressure comes with the job and people won't be very happy with the performance".

"We played better against Georgia, we played better against Denmark. We didn't let them play today, which is pleasing".

They knocked the ball about nicely at the back but bar an early Duffy header struggled to make too many clear cut chances and break down their opponents, with the wide players of McClean and Robinson coming in-field more and more to try and influence proceedings.

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Fans arriving at the Dublin 4 venue expecting a goalrush were disappointed as Ireland's lack of cutting edge in the final third cost them.

"If we can nick and tap into those small little improvements and get them into the team, I think we'll be in good shape going into those key games in September, October", he added.

The former Ireland defender believes the greatest permutations lie ahead, with the home game against Denmark absolutely crucial in McCarthy's quest for qualification.

"Maybe I should congratulate them [Gibraltar] for being so belligerent and stubborn and defending well, but we were pretty wasteful".

If the expectation was that the Republic would sweep Gibraltar aside after fighting back to snatch a point in Copenhagen three days earlier, that notion was to prove overly optimistic as they dominated possession, but lacked the craft to counteract the visitors' obstinacy.

Striker David McGoldrick caused the visiting defence all sorts of problems and it was his 27th minute shot that Chipolina deflected into his own net to give Ireland the lead. They are going to have to perform better.

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