Skipper joy at draw
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ireland captain Kenny Cunningham was delighted to pocket a point against France.Republic of Ireland captain Kenny Cunningham was delighted to pocket a point from the team's trip to Paris.
The Irish proved more than a match for France as they maintained their unbeaten record in Group Four with a 0-0 draw at the Stade de France.
Ireland were firm in defence and lively in attack, with Cunningham feeling the visitors could even have nicked all three points in the World Cup qualifier.
"It's very difficult to anticipate what's going to happen," Cunningham told BBC Sport.
"We came here to be disciplined but we also wanted to take the game to France when the opportunity was there.
"We had possession for long periods and we created opportunities.
"We showed plenty of imagination and with a bit more luck we could have won."
Kevin Kilbane proved to be a tireless worker in midfield for the Irish and he feels the result proves the ability of Brian Kerr's team.
"It's a great result for us," said Kilbane. "We've been to some places over the past few years and have got results.
"We have proved what a good team we are. A lot of people were writing us off and were thinking we couldn't get a result.
"But we believed in ourselves and felt we could get a result."