Former Irish Captain Roy Keane has slammed the Irish teams after their 4-0 defeat to Spain in Thursday night’s Group C Qualifier.
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Keane was reacting to FAI President John Delaney’s and Irish players Keith Andrews comments that the Irish supporters could take away from the game that we did fantastically well supporting the side by singing right until the end. Delaney said“The abiding memory we will take away from this match will be the many thousands of Irish fans singing the Fields of Athenry right up to and beyond the final whistle.”
Irish player Keith Andrews also commented in a post match interview that “You can hear the fans, they’re an absolute credit to their country and the team and unfortunately we haven’t been able to give them what they deserve.”
Keane however had an entirely different opinion on the matter. He felt that the players and indeed the supporters had lost focus on why they were in Poland “I think the players and even the supporters, they all have to change their mentality, it’s just nonsense from players speaking after the games about how great the supporters are.” He then added “We’re a small country, we’re up against it, but let’s not just go along for the sing-song every now and again.”
Despite Ireland’s heavy defeat last night the supporters remained in good spirits and were in full voice right up to the end of the match. Bolton player Fabrice Muamba commented on the Irish supporters saying they were “incredible”, Dutch Striker Robyn Van Persie also commented the Irish supporters commending them for sticking by their team. The support and singing caused French television commentators to stop commentating for the last 5 minutes of the match so people could listen to the singing.
The former Ireland captain remained defiant though “To praise the supporters for the sake of it… Let’s change that attitude towards Irish supporters.”
Ireland have one group game remaining against Italy in which all they can salvage is some pride.