Trapattoni happy with Ireland’s 1-0 win over Bosnia
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that he is pleased with his players’ performance after beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland ran out 1-0 winners through Shane Long’s second half goal, but had a number of other good chances, with Aiden McGeady and Jonathan Walters hitting the woodwork. “The possession in the first and second half was a little bit less,” Trapattoni said after the game, “but we had more opportunities, more shots around the box and also more corners and we deserved to win a very important game. We also made two little mistakes and they could have scored a goal. But we played well, with a good attitude, mentality and performance.”
Sunderland winger James McClean made his first start for Ireland, and put in a strong shift at left wing. Trapattoni was happy with the performance, and praised him in the post-match press conference: “In the first half, he played very well. We wished to give him immediately the opportunity because he needs to get confidence.
“It is the first time he has played with Keane and Doyle, and he did very well, especially in the first half. In the second half, he went a little bit down. He was running too much and was a little bit tired, but for his first start, he played very well.”
Trapattoni also singled out Aiden McGeady, who won the Man of the Match award, and provided the assist for Long’s goal. “When we arrived here, McGeady was already a very good player, but every young player needs confidence,” Trapattoni said. “Now he is playing – playing in another country, different football, and he is getting more confidence. Now McGeady is one of our strongest players.”
The Ireland boss also explained his defensive selection, stating that he did not want to risk both Richard Dunne and Sean St. Ledger, who had been carrying knocks from training: “I said St Ledger and Dunne would play, but then in the night when I couldn’t sleep, I thought about this and was it a good idea or not and decided to change with O’Dea and run the risk with only one. Two together was a little bit dangerous, but we are happy because we did a good job.”
Fans at the Aviva Stadium were treated to warm sunshine, but Trapattoni expects the training camp in Italy and the finals in Poland to be much warmer, joking that he had played in much worse: “In Gdansk, it is very, very warm, very hot. I played in Brazil against Santos in 45 degrees. I was melting like a candle.”