Ireland were hammered 3-0 in their friendly game against Australia on Wednesday night as they prepare for next month’s key World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.
Damien Duff – expects Ireland to be OK for Cypress game
While it was never a 3-0 game, Ireland had their chances but didn’t take them, and suffered a big defeat before they have to get back to World Cup qualifying against Cypress.
Duff said after the game:
“It is a disappointing result that we probably didn’t deserve, we had a few chances but it’s good to get it out of the way and move on,”
“We’ll just look at it as a blip in a pre-season friendly more or less, obviously the competitive stuff starts in three to four weeks (against Cyprus) and that’s the result we want.”
“We know we’ll be better in a few weeks’ time when we play Cyprus,” “Reflecting on play I don’t think it was a fair result.”
“I think we had a few chances ourselves, we’re all disappointed but we’ll kick on and bounce back next month.”
Duff was withdrawn at half-time after feeling ill during the day, and striker Kevin Doyle suffered a groin injury just before he was due to come off at the break.
Doyle said after the game:
“It was nice to play 45 minutes, but I think I’ve done something to my groin,”
“I’m not sure but hopefully it is nothing too serious, it was the last 30 seconds of the half and I was coming off anyway so I just hope it is nothing too serious.”
Ireland are a point behind Italy in their qualifying group but have played a game extra.
With just three games to go Giovanni Trapattoni’s side still stand more than a decent chance of qualifying for South Africa next summer, but they will meed to improve their finishing if they are to succeed.