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Tuesday 21 August 2018

We have to stop rot - Duffy

Determined: Shane Duffy applauds the Irish fans after defeat to France in Paris
Determined: Shane Duffy applauds the Irish fans after defeat to France in Paris

Shane Duffy insists that Ireland have to stop the rot when they face the USA in a friendly in Dublin on Saturday night.

Monday's 2-0 loss to France in Paris means that the Republic have now been beaten three times in a row for the first time since Martin O'Neill took over.

The last three-game losing streak was at the tail end of Giovanni Trapattoni's reign. The USA are unbeaten in their last four, beating Bolivia 3-0 on Monday, and despite their failure to qualify for the World Cup, they will provide a test for O'Neill's outfit.

Duffy says it's vital to end the losing run. "Three defeats in a row, we don't want to make that four," said the Brighton defender.

"We have played some good teams recently, so the defeat hurts but we will see can we do better against that type of team, that's the level we want to be at.

"We haven't played in Dublin since Denmark, we go back there and give the fans something to shout about and get ready for what should be a successful campaign next year.

"We start now and hopefully the new players give the manager something to think about," added Duffy.

Martin O'Neill adds John O'Shea to the squad for Saturday's game, a send-off for the Ireland veteran, while Shaun Williams, who made his debut in France, has withdrawn from the squad as he's getting married.

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