Republic of Ireland frustrated by Georgia in World Cup qualifying

The Republic of Ireland is now second in Group D with 12 points just behind on goal differential to first-place Serbia. "We have been in situations before where we have had to bounce back, so hopefully we can all recover quickly, get the bodies right and put in a much better performance on Tuesday".

They panicked on the ball, sat too deep and were shocking in possession, the leaders in previous games went missing and will need to re-emerge come Tuesday night.

"We're going to try and win the game".

"The first half was as poor as we played this campaign", he told reporters.

"But we didn't play well enough in the first-half and Georgia were better than us".


The home side were causing Ireland problems down the right and O'Neill's men were repeatedly careless in possession as they attempted to break, although McClean's industry earned Long a half-chance when the striker sent a dipping volley over the crossbar.

For the team, he says, there is still the opportunity to leapfrog Serbia at the top of the table by beating them in Dublin but clearly the collective performance will have to be transformed from one here which allowed Georgia to dominate Ireland pretty much up until the closing stages.

"We will try to make the last game hard for Serbia".

A rare chance did present itself for Ireland but Duffy's header from a Brady corner was well save just before the break.

"And he relished it, he scored a fantastic late goal to win the game for us". Aiden McGeady, although wasteful at times, showed the ball control and ability to beat players that very few in the Irish squad have.


Duffy, 25, said: "I am delighted but everyone would say they would rather get three points for their country".

"To get a lead so early was brilliant for us and it was disappointing that we couldn't hang on to that".

Even if we'd won tonight", he continued, in a more determined attempt to look on the bright side, "they still would have been top of the group with goal difference and it would have been as critical a game.

For the first time since the fourth minute, Georgia started to look more like their lowly world rankings as they seemed to settle for a point as the game approached the final ten minutes.

With four minutes left, Ireland could - and perhaps should - have netted a second when Long played in McClean but despite advancing into the penalty area, the midfielder's effort was smothered by Makaridze.


"It's a pity that we had some individual mistakes, especially the goal we conceded, but football without mistakes just does not happen and I am very happy with the way that my team played overall, with their effort". They're a good side and we knew they were good at keeping the ball.


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