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Roy Keane Was Heavily Criticised After Blunt Assessment Of Nigeria

Roy Keane Was Heavily Criticised After Blunt Assessment Of Nigeria

In the event you were watching tonight's final World Cup game between Nigeria and Croatia on RTE 2, you will have missed Roy Keane's fairly blunt assessment of what was going on in the tie over on ITV.

With the Croatians leading Nigeria 1-0 at half-time, Keane surmised that he had no real idea why Nigeria had been tipped as a surprise package for this World Cup, and felt that there were 'goals here for Croatia' if they really went for it.

Accusing the Nigerian side of having 'no game plan', showing 'no belief' and putting in 'no tackles', he reduced the performance to something you would see in a friendly. Although Croatia did appear the stronger of both sides at the half-way mark, Keane has come in for a fair amount of criticism from fans more sympathetic to the Nigerian performance.

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Nigeria's fairly lacklustre second-half performance hardly improved Keane's opinion of them. Going down 2-0 to Croatia after a Luka Modric penalty, Keane couldn't help himself.

Singling out the penalty incident, Keane surmised that the offence signaled a 'form of cheating,' and he was 'glad [Nigeria] got punished for it.'

That being said, both Slaven Bilic and Lee Dixon were unanimous in the studio, suggesting that Croatia hardly needed to 'break a sweat' in their victory.

Needless to say, this only served to infuriate many who disagreed with Keane further still.

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There was also a great deal of consideration for Keane's apparent ill-feeling toward Bilic; the former West Ham coach getting a little too close than many suspect Keane would enjoy.

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