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“I Ain’t Going To Be Miserable About It” – McCarthy Happy After Narrow Win Over Gibraltar

“I’m off on me holidays with 10 points.”

Mick McCarthy had no complaints following the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 win over Gibraltar. At the Aviva Stadium on Monday night, Ireland laboured to a victory over the team ranked 195th in the world.

It wasn’t pretty and Ireland’s play wasn’t effective either, but the win left McCarthy’s side with 10 points from four games and at the top of Group D.

Speaking to the media after the final whistle, the former Sunderland manager refused to be downbeat despite struggling to break down such a meagre side.

“I’m amazed at the reaction to just winning two-nil,” McCarthy said in his post-match press conference, before revealing that his own team were subdued after the game.

“I went into the dressing room and they got the feeling. I said to them, ‘c’mon lads, you’ve had a great three weeks and you’ve got four points – we all would have been happy with it’. I’m sorry lads, but I ain’t going to be miserable about it. I’m happy, I’m off on me holidays with 10 points.”

Beyond the result, one of the few positives McCarthy said he could take from the game was the link-up play between Callum Robinson and Seamus Coleman on Ireland’s right-hand side. The Ireland manager said he expects better Irish performances against Switzerland, Denmark and Georgia in the autumn.

You can watch his chat with RTE here:

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