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No margin of error for Ireland now: O'Shea


John O'Shea

John O'Shea


John O'Shea

THE pre-match talk, ahead of Saturday's date with Scotland, that it was a "must-win" game for Ireland has been watered down as the party line from the Irish camp is that the side are still in contention for Euro 2016.

But for the next bout of qualifying matches there's no room for error as a six-point haul in September, away to Gibraltar and at home to Georgia, is a must, according to captain John O'Shea.

"We go into our next two games knowing that six points is crucial, and then we will see where we are in the table," said O'Shea, having picked up his 104th cap against the Scots.

"In our next two games now we have to be clinical, take the maximum points and then we'll know what we have to do against Germany and Poland.

"We will see how the picture is after the next two games, we are still well in it but we have made it that bit harder after this," O'Shea added.

"It felt like a defeat after Saturday, we totally controlled the first half, to go a goal up and then concede to a nothing goal was very frustrating,

"We had such a positive start from us, so to start the second half like that was very disappointing, the intensity that we had throughout the game was just lacking for that 30 seconds.

"The shot took two deflections, off James' toe and off me and sneaked into the corner, it's very frustrating.

"We had good opportunities straight away to get back into the lead but we couldn't get the winner, and we go on now to the games in September," added O'Shea.