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McCarthy Happy With Point Gained In Georgia
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy described the goalless draw against Georgia in Tbilisi as "a point gained."

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy described the goalless draw against Georgia in Tbilisi as "a point gained."

Ireland hit the post through John Egan early on but had to live without possession for much of the game as they failed to capitalise on Denmark's perceived slip-up in the same venue in September.

McCarthy acknowledged that Ireland didn't use possession well enough over the course of the 90 minutes but stressed that he was happy with the point in a difficult venue and said that goalkeeper Darren Randolph hadn't to save in the entire game.

"It's a point gained," he told RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue after the match.

"They're a very good side. And I don't think we've been beaten by them over ten or eleven games.

"Had you offered me four points from two games against Georgia prior to the competition, I'd have taken it.

"We've come away from home and secured a point that's a good point in my view. We've hit the post when I thought it was going in, Aaron Connolly came on and he was unlucky the ball just wouldn't come down for him, big Duffer (Shane Duffy) nearly won it for us with a header at the end.

"And Darren's (Randolph) not made a save. He's actually not made a save in the game. While we'd like to be better - and we're always trying to be better - I'm happy going away with a point.

"The Georgia team closed us down and pressed us. When we won it back we didn't make enough of it. We gave it away far too often, we weren't particularly good in possession. And I'd liked to have worked them more, I'd liked to have won the game.

"I would imagine most people in Ireland - me, for one - would have thought if we were unbeaten at this stage and had the points we've had, I think we'd have been pleased. I certainly am."

Brighton's Aaron Connolly - who made headlines last week with a stunning brace of goals against Spurs - was introduced with just over ten minutes remaining and had a pair of chances to steal the game for Ireland, both of which showcased his speed and alertness.

McCarthy admitted afterwards that he might have brought on Connolly sooner but praised James Collins's workrate.

"Possibly. Possibly. But James Collins has a right old scrap against them two (Georgian centre backs) and we were picking bits up off him in midfield. What we didn't do is make the most of them.

"Whether Aaron could have done what James did is a different matter. But he's given me some nice headaches Aaron because he played really well."

Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 12 October 2019 - 15:59:30 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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