O’Shea hails Republic of Ireland team-mates after ‘special night’

first_img1 Republic of Ireland goal hero John O’Shea has praised his team-mates after their spirited performances earned them a 1-1 draw with Germany in Euro 2016 qualifying.The Boys In Green had been heading for a slim defeat following Toni Kroos’ strike but the visitors never gave up and eventually the Sunderland defender, sent forward by Martin O’Neill, popped up with a rare goal to earn them a share of the spoils in injury time.And O’Shea couldn’t praise his fellow players enough for their determined display in the Group D clash.He told Sky Sports: “The manager [Martin O’Neill] put me forward with a couple of minutes to go and thankfully I was able to stick the ball away.“But it was a big credit to the lads in front of me tonight. It was very determined and very dogged. It was a big, big performance but we came up with little bits of quality when we had to come out and play and that was very pleasing.“Once they got that goal it was a big blow for us because we’re looking towards the end of the game to maybe catch them a little bit. And they got that first goal with maybe 20 minutes to go so we had to come out a little bit more.“The manager said to us at half-time that even if we do go that goal down then we will have chances and we will have time to play. We were able to string together some lovely passes. It was special night and thankfully I was able to play my part.” Republic of Ireland players celebrate last_img

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