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Saturday 10 December 2016

Keogh: We have to cope in play-offs

Richard Keogh: 'We have got the play-offs so that is something but we we disappointed not to get there automatically as we played well at the end of the group especially'
Richard Keogh: 'We have got the play-offs so that is something but we we disappointed not to get there automatically as we played well at the end of the group especially'

Richard Keogh says that Ireland have to quickly shrug off the disappointment of last night's defeat in Poland - and the loss of two key players for at least the first leg of a playoff - to keep their Euro 2016 dream alive.

A 2-1 defeat away to the Poles sends Poland to France automatically, Germany also advancing from Group D with their 2-1 win at home to Georgia last night. A 2-2 draw would have put Ireland through without the playoff route but it was not to be, and Ireland's cause will not be helped as John O'Shea - sent off last night - and Jon Walters will both be suspended, Walters as he picked up a third yellow card of ther group while O'Shea's red card gest him an automatic ban.

"We have got the play-offs so that is something but we we disappointed not to get there automatically as we played well at the end of the group especially," said defender Keogh.

"The two boys wll be missed but all we can do is prepare, it's a chance for other players to come in,. We have a month to get ready now and we have to be prepared, it is a blow to lose the lads but we have to cope.

"Any team would miss a player like Jon and John, they are top players for us and they have a lot of experience but we cabn't get down about it, we have to coper and plan ahead," added Keogh, who had a chance to level for Ireland 10 minutes from time, only to see his header saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

"Aiden McGeady did well to get the cross in to me and I did get a touch, the keeper made a good save, maybe I should have scored but I hit the target and the keeper made a save."

Séamus Coleman said: "We said in the summer after we drew with Scotland that if we were offered a playoff spot we'd take it, having done so well against Germany we had hoped of automatic but it wasn't to be.

"We had great support last week against Germany, if we can get that again for the home game in the play-offs I think we will be ok."

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