Republic of Ireland manager has clarified his side’s 1-0 Euro 20 20 qualifier victory a way to Gibraltar as a”dreadful game”.

A Jeff Hendrick goal ensured the Republic got McCarthy’s second spell in control off to a winning start.

However, McCarthy confessed he was hugely relieved because he made no effort to divert out of the thing that was an abysmal performance in the Victoria Stadium.

“I hated every single minute of this match,” he told RTE.

“I knew what it would be similar to and it did not surprise me. I just said to the lads’what a dreadful game but a great few things’.

“We were not going to whine about the pitch, although it will not make it any easier. It was blowing a gale, but we did not play well and Darren Randolph was probably man of the match with all the rescue he chose to keep it at 0-0.

“I was asked earlier about gaining momentum however we can only get momentum by winning a game and that I would have obtained a 1-0 win every time.

“I actually don’t need that. I would like us to score goals and play , however it has three things and we proceed ahead.”

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Captain Coleman celebrates Hendrick's winning goal

The Republic’s next qualifier is on Tuesday in Dublin once they are going to host Georgia, who started their campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Switzerland from Tbilisi.

“They is going to be watching our match back and believing we have been hopeless, but we’ll play better than that.

“they are going to be looking to gain a bonus and get some momentum going from beating uswe have loads to play now as we’ve three things on the plank .”


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