For Donegal natives Seamus Coleman and Shay Given, next Sunday’s Euro 2016 play-off draws will be awaited with interest.
After Thursday’s euphoric and shock victory over world champions Germany, Ireland arrived in Warsaw on Sunday last hoping to nick second spot - and an automatic qualifying place- over the Poles.
However, goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and in form Robert Lewandowski (15 goals in six games for club and country) guaranteed Poland a spot in Euro 2016, despite Jon Walters’ penalty.
Former Sligo Rovers star Seamus Coleman, was man of the match in Warsaw, and afterwards expressed his disappointment: “We’re all disappointed. After the lads did so brilliantly against Germany we came here full of confidence and it just wasn’t meant to be tonight.
“With the confidence of Germany we definitely came here expecting to win. Conceding so early and I know we went up the other end and scored but we’re more disappointed with the goals we conceded, but we’ve got to get going again.
“We’ve let ourselves down and fair play to Poland, they got there in the end but we’ve got a big month next month that we have to pick ourselves right back up again. “
However, despite the obvious frustration of the failure to win in Warsaw, Coleman is already gunning for the play-offs to arrive, where Ireland could face Sweden, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary or Ukraine. The draw will be streamed live on RTE website from 10.15 a.m. Sunday.
“There were periods throughout the group that we would pick this play-off place, so you have to look at the positives straight away and move on.
“We won’t fear anyone in the play-offs after beating the World champions.
“It’ll be hard for any team that’s drawn against us. We’ll sit back and look forward to the draw, and hopefully have a positive month ahead,” said Coleman.
Lifford’s Shay Given will be hoping to recover from the knee injury which forced him out before half-time in the Germany game. He has a few weeks to recover to be available for the play-offs.