Keiren Westwood sorry about Republic of Ireland's showing against Germany
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: October 14, 2012 1:01pm
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has apologised to the country's fans following their humiliating defeat to Germany.
The Irish were thrashed 6-1 in Dublin in Friday's World Cup qualifier leading to calls for manager Giovanni Trapattoni to quit his post.
Sunderland keeper Westwood, who has taken the No.1 shirt with the Republic following the retirement of Shay Given, admits the performance has left the whole side shell-shocked and that they must lift themselves for Tuesday's qualifier with the Faroe Islands.
"There is a way to lose a game but that certainly wasn't it," Westwood told the Daily Star Sunday.
"We got taught a lesson by the second-best team in the world - but we've got to move on to the Faroes now.
"That is not going to be easy. From a personal point of view, I'm going to have a look at the goals I conceded and pick the bones.
"I have to pick myself up but I'm not the only one.
"They had eight shots and scored with six, which is not ideal. I don't know whether to laugh or cry to be honest. I have a real sick feeling in my stomach right now.
"What was supposed to be a massive moment for me has become horrendous.
"Playing for my country, as the number one, was always a huge dream. Now it has become a nightmare.
"I feel sorry for a lot of people who paid a lot of money to come and watch us play. We gave it our best but we're nowhere near good enough.
"The only thing I can say to the fans is stick with us through this tough time."