Select a Team

Trap hails Ireland spirit

Ireland boss delighted with attitude and discipline of his side

By Steve Pass.   Last Updated: 07/09/11 4:09pm

  • Share:
Trapattoni: Delighted with attitude shown by his side

Trapattoni: Delighted with attitude shown by his side

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Giovanni Trapattoni hailed the Republic of Ireland's spirit after his side produced a resolute defensive performance to earn a point in Russia.

The hosts dominated Tuesday's game but were held at bay by a defensive line in which Richard Dunne and Shay Given were phenomenal performers.

The precious point means the second-placed Republic remain in the hunt for automatic qualification for next summer's finals, sitting two points behind Russia with two games to play.

Trapattoni told Sky Sports News: "We have been a little bit lucky because Russia deserved to score.

"Thanks to our players, thanks to our discipline, our attitude, our mentality, our performance, we achieved a very precious result - one point.

"And I said before yesterday, we must continue on this way and believe step by step."

Qualification rivals Slovakia lost to Armenia on Tuesday, who are now also in the hunt to make the finals.

Trapattoni added his regret was not for the result in Russia, rather the goalless home draw with Slovakia the game before in which his side spurned gilt-edged chances to score.

"But any way we have to continue and think positive," he said. "I believe because the team showed me, showed us, our spirit, our attitude, our mentality, our sacrifice to achieve this result.

"It was important not to lose."

  • Share:

Related

Most Popular

Features

Sco v Eng classics

Sco v Eng classics

With England and Scotland in the same 2018 World Cup group, we look at some classic contests...

2018 draw explained

2018 draw explained

The road to Russia starts on Saturday as the qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup takes place in St Petersburg.

Hardest World Cup job?

Hardest World Cup job?

What's it like to be one of FIFA's rank outsiders on the road to Russia 2018? We asked Cook Islands coach Drew Sherman.