Mick McCarthy remains upbeat on Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 qualification chances
Mick McCarthy has defended the Republic of Irelands operation in Georgia, insisting hes happy with what they have to do to qualify for Euro 2020.
Ireland were held with Denmark beating Switzerland 1-0 in the day to join them after six fittings on very top of Group D 12 points on Saturday afternoon, into some lacklustre 0-0 draw in Tbilisi.
However, McCarthys side will advance to next seasons finals with a victory over Switzerland, that they play with on Tuesday in Geneva night – live on Sky Sports.
Even if they fail to watch the Swiss off, Ireland will still book their place in Euro 2020 when they can defeat Denmark under lights in the Aviva Stadium on November 18.
I do not get it, I really dont get it. I think everybody could have taken the situation we are in today, going to Switzerland and if we win, we qualify; should we conquer Denmark, we all qualify, McCarthy informed FAI TV.
Obviously, the peddlers of doom and gloom will saywell, we have no chance of winning. I dont get that. Who knows, who knows what will happen?
Weve been all right. Weve done far better against the better sides, so we have given greater performances. Im looking forward to it – the pressure is really on them [Switzerland] on Tuesday night
Switzerland might expect to finish their fittings per month with a maximum six points out of a home clash with Georgia along with a visit to Gibraltar and course Denmark and Ireland but have played a game fewer.
McCarthy added:Its left us if we win one of the games, we qualify. That is what I am led to think.
Its head-to-head against them, therefore when we win on Tuesday, we have qualified.
If you would have said that for me on December 1 if the draw was [made], Id have accepted it, of course I would.
McCarthy verified that Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick is struggling with a groin injury, which means Brighton striker Aaron Connolly could be involved.
The 19-year-old very nearly snatched victory with two opportunities in the match and came off the chair in the Boris Paichadze Arena.
McCarthy explained:He has come into the squad, he had his cameo in the end, and of course the question is, how would I have played him more?
I could have started him and he may not have played quite well from the beginning at a rough and tumble match. He might have scored all those situations, from the start.
But had he started and not played well, then that would have been,wellhe shouldnt have had a introduction, ordinary stuff, which I know is forthcoming. It doesnt matter what occurs, you will get holes on whatever happens.
I think he did good if he came on. He had his chances at a match that started to have stretched, beginning to become wide-open.
So hes had a really good cameo look and Ive no doubt hes ready to begin.
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