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RTE Panel Critical of Ireland Following Laboured Win Over Gibraltar

“It was hard work and a hard watch.”

The RTE panel were left unimpressed with Ireland’s limp win over Gibraltar on Monday night.

Mick McCarthy’s side laboured to a 2-0 victory over the side ranked 195th in the world. A late goal from Robbie Brady, and an own-goal by Joseph Chipolina, gave Ireland all three points and left them top of Group D with 10 points from four games.

However, the team will evidently have to improve in the autumn if they are to reach Euro 2020.

The RTE panel of Liam Brady, Richie Sadlier and Didi Hamann said as much in their analysis. Hamann, in particular, was critical of McCarthy’s side.

“It was hard work and a hard watch,” the former Liverpool and Germany midfielder said.

“We expected a game that Ireland would control, which they did. Gibraltar weren’t any threat whatsoever. Going forward it was not enough. They lacked awareness – little passes, playing one-twos, helping each other.”

“They have got to be better,” Hamann continued.

“I know they are in a good position, but they have got to improve dramatically. I don’t think you should be fooled by the 10 points because, if they don’t improve, I think it will be very difficult to finish in the top two.”

At half-time of the encounter, Brady was critical of Ireland’s build-up play and said the team had lacked fluency.

Ireland’s next game is against Switzerland on September 5 in Dublin in a crucial qualification game.

A month later, they will have away trips to Georgia and the Swiss before finishing the group in November against Denmark.

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