Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, has admitted that his side’s 1-0 victory over Gibraltar in the opening round of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign was a “horrible game”.
In his first game back in charge of the Boys in Green, it was home side who departed the artificial pitch the happier side at half-time, having kept Ireland scoreless while Darren Randolph was forced into making a save to keep the score at 0-0.
Jeff Hendrick put Ireland in front minutes after the break after a good ball into the box from David McGoldrick but that was as pretty as the performance got for McCarthy’s side.
Speaking to RTE Soccer after the game, the 60-year-old admitted that he hated every minute of the game.
“I pretty much hated every minute of that. I knew what that it was going to be like and it didn’t disappoint. What a horrible game, but a great three points.
“I’ve played these games before and I hated every minute of it, underdogs, nothing to lose, everything to gain and I’m delighted that we’re out of it with a 1-0 win.”
In the honest interview, McCarthy also said that his experiment of playing Matt Doherty in front of Seamus Coleman on the right-side failed.
“Not particularly”, he replied when asked if the tactic worked.
“If you’re a full-back you’re more often coming from behind it (the play).
“I’ve said he’s been one of the best attacking wing-backs in the Premier League. It didn’t work today.”
The Republic of Ireland are back on home soil as they face Georgia in the next round of their qualifying campaign on Tuesday evening.
Watch the full interview with Mick McCarthy below.
'I hated every minute of it, it was horrible, I'm delighted to get out of it with a one-nil win' – Mick McCarthy typically honest in his analysis of his Republic of Ireland's performance against Gibraltar. #RTESoccer pic.twitter.com/euuIKoJq9u
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 23, 2019