SHANE Long hopes that his missed chances in Sunday’s defeat to Turkey will not cost him his place in the Ireland side.
The West Brom man had a couple of opportunities to find the net against the Turks but was denied, Long also frustrated as a penalty claim was dismissed by the French referee.
After the game Martin O’Neill bemoaned the missed chances and with strikers like Robbie Keane, Anthony Stokes, Kevin Doyle, Jon Walters, Daryl Murphy, Conor Sammon and Simon Cox coming into the frame for some or all of the next three games, Long knows he’s under pressure to deliver.
“Yeah, I’m to blame for missing a few of those chances,” Long confesses.
“You can see there is a lot of options for the gaffer with Daryl and Jon coming on, scoring a great goal, Robbie’s not here and then there’s Kevin Doyle coming back. There are a few options for the manager. Hopefully I get another chance and get to prove my point and get to fight my way into the starting XI.
“I think there is going to be a headache for the manager, all over the park we have strength in depth. You can see it in training, it’s going to be hard for the gaffer to pick a starting XI. I’m sure it will depend on the opposition we’re playing against as well. Hopefully I get another chance as well and hopefully get a few goals and put my name into the hat.”