SEAMUS COLEMAN will hope for a much easier second competitive cap when the Republic of Ireland take on Faroe Islands tomorrow night following Friday’s 6-1 hammering at Germany’s hands on Friday.
Despite a spirited opening by the Irish team, the three-time world champions were much too good for the side managed by Giovanni Trapattoni, who were demoralised in a humiliating second half.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus fired in off the crossbar in the 32nd minute and then drilled in a second just eight minutes later. Mesut Ozil’s penalty made it 3-0 and Miroslav Klose scored the fourth. Half-time substitute Toni Kroos struck with two before home substitute Andy Keogh headed Ireland’s goal in stoppage-time.
Coleman was far from the worst on display, but was understandably downbeat after Ireland’s heaviest defeat in Dublin since they lost 5-0 to Spain back in 1931.
“The way they played - they are a top team,” he said. “We have to forget about this game but it won’t be easy. It’s going to be tough to sleep after that result.
“It was not good enough by us against a very good Germany team. There are no excuses. We have to wake up in the morning and look to the next game. It was a disappointing night for everyone.”
Lone striker Jonathan Walters began the night by linking well with wide players Simon Cox and Aiden McGeady but as the Germans began to monopolise possession, their class soon told.
They led 2-0 at half-time, with Reus finishing supremely well on both occasions. With little option, Ireland had to chase the game and abandon their initial shape by withdrawing Keith Fahey for Shane Long.
“We were disappointed to go in behind,” Coleman added. “We knew we didn’t do so badly in the first-half and to be two goals down was disappointing. But we knew if we could get one goal we could put the pressure on them.
“The manager just said to keep going, get a goal and you never know what might happen. That was the plan but unfortunately we were not good enough. We found it hard to get near them. They have top-class players but that is no excuse. They are probably the best side I have ever played against. Every one of them play for top-tier teams and it showed really.”
Ireland, with three points from their first two outings, following their fortunate 2-1 win in Kazakhstan last month, now appear to be playing for second place at best in the group alongside Sweden and Austria. The road to redemption starts tomorrow in Tórshavn
“We have to forget about it,” Coleman continued. “We can’t dwell on it. We have to train and prepare for the Faroe Islands. It’s good to have a game so soon because we need to forget about that result.”