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Sunday 11 December 2016

'Roll on Paris' says O'Shea after draw with Dutch

John O'Shea
John O'Shea

Robbie Brady wants Ireland to take the positives from last night's draw at home to Holland despite the concession of a late equaliser.

Brady was a key man for Ireland as his dead ball contribution set up the lead goal for Shane Long on 30 minutes and his overall delivery from set pieces was a constant threat to the Dutch.

But left back Brady was also part of a defence which conceded a goal five minutes from ti me, Luuk de Jong left unmarked in the box to claim the equaliser and deny Ireland a win in the penultimate game before Euro 2016 and the last appearance in Dublin before the squad fly out.

"Of course we'd have preferred to hold on for the win but all in all it's not a bad result," Brady said after the 1-1 draw.

"Holland have some great players and I am sure they're disappointed not to be going to the Euros so they came here with a point to prove."

John O'Shea was also pleased with the night's work. "It was a fantastic game for us because Holland, although they haven't qualified for the Euros, are a great footballing nation," said the Ireland captain last night.

"We're disappointed not to have seen the game out as we limited them to very little, Darren Randolph had a very quiet night and we always felt we were a threat from set pieces, even when it was 1-1 we had a chance to win it late on.

"So we're a little bit disappointed with the draw but overall we have to be pleased, everyone came through it ok which was the main thing, that people got a bit of fitness work in and there was plenty of quality as well," added O'Shea.

"We conceded as a team and you can't pick out any one player, we were caught out for the cross and we will learn from it. Roll on Paris."

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