‘It’s a SHOCKING result’: Ireland captain Seamus Coleman labels home defeat by Luxembourg ’embarrassing’… as pressure mounts on boss Stephen Kenny after dreadful start to World Cup qualifying campaign
Seamus Coleman labelled Ireland’s shock defeat against Luxembourg on Saturday as ’embarrassing’ as Stephen Kenny’s side were humbled by a side ranked 98 in the world.
Gerson Rodrigues’ strike five minutes from time confined the Republic to a humiliating defeat, leaving them bottom of World Cup qualifying Group A after losing to Serbia in the week.
Ireland’s chances of qualifying for Qatar 2022 are now slim, even after just two matches, and the Ireland skipper did not mince his words following the loss at the Aviva.
Seamus Coleman labelled Ireland’s defeat to Luxembourg on Saturday as ’embarrassing’
Gerson Rodrigues’ brilliant strike handed Luxembourg a famous victory and stunned Ireland
Ireland’s wait for a first competitive win since beating Gibraltar 2-0 in June 2019 goes on
‘It’s a shocking result, an embarrassing result,’ he told Irish broadcaster RTE.
‘Let’s not hide behind anyone for that, that’s on us as players. We should be embarrassed.
‘As players we need to have a good hard look at ourselves. You need people demanding the ball out there and I don’t think we did that enough.
‘If we were building up on one side then you need people to want it out the other side. I don’t think we heard enough voices. I’ve got to come out here and do an interview but there are no words for that.’
Coleman added that the players needed to have a ‘good hard look at ourselves’ after the loss
Stephen Kenny is now 10 games without a win in the job since taking over from Mick McCarthy
Pressure is mounting on manager Kenny after 10 games without a win since taking over from Mick McCarthy and Ireland have not won a competitive international since beating Gibraltar in June 2019.
‘It’s not good enough and there’s no words I can say that’ll make the people at home feel any better,’ Coleman added.
‘As players we should be disappointed to have Gavin Bazunu’s debut tainted like that. A great young lad, a fantastic player. As senior players we should be taking that on the chin for the younger lads.’