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'A Bunch Of Street Fighters Made It So Difficult For Us'

'A Bunch Of Street Fighters Made It So Difficult For Us'
By PJ Browne Updated

Ireland remain unbeaten in their 2021 European Championships qualifying campaign but will be thoroughly disappointed to not have made it three wins from three games in Greece on Tuesday.

Ireland drew 1-1 with Greece equaliser coming in injury time. Amber Barrett had put Ireland ahead in the 13th minute.

"On the other hand, we haven't been in the game at all," Ireland manager Vera Pauw told RTÉ when asked if the result felt like a defeat.

In the first half, a little bit and the second half also. We could have scored but we didn't. A bunch of street fighters made it so difficult for us that we couldn't get our play.

Without blaming anyone, you lose a lot of quality if you have so many injuries.

I thought we had enough qualities on the pitch still, but we need to learn how to put the game away. That is by listening very, very carefully when things are changing.

At the end they played with five strikers, so you have to react, and you need to do that very sharp.

They moved players up, and they were just so sharp in their tackles, and they were streetwise. We have to learn from that, because we've given it away ourselves.

"Everybody has fought their butt off," added Pauw, "and done everything they could, but it needs to be better. We need to learn to dominate the game."

Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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