O'Shea rues French miss
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ireland defender John O'Shea was wistful after missing a chance against France.Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea was wistful after missing a chance to earn his team victory over France.
Brian Kerr's side secured an excellent 0-0 draw at Stade de France in Saturday's World Cup qualifier but could have returned to Dublin with all three points.
O'Shea wasted a gilt-edged opportunity in the closing stages when he stabbed Andy Reid's cross wide of the target after being found unmarked at the far post.
The Manchester United stopper concedes he should have scored but reflected on the quality of Ireland's display in procuring a point.
"I thought I would go to the far post for once because myself and Kevin (Kilbane) had previously been trying to get across the keeper," said O'Shea.
"I held back and had half a chance. I thought that if I took a touch I might get closed down, so I decided to take it first time.
"I hit it sweetly enough and I thought it was going in but unfortunately it drifted wide.
"Apart from that I am very happy overall because we have played Switzerland away, France away and we are unbeaten.
"We have showed we are a very good footballing team."
O'Shea's club colleague Roy Keane is doubtful for Ireland's game against Faroe Islands on Wednesday after taking a knock to his knee against France.
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