Martin O’Neill has said he is pleased with the first two results of his tenure as manager of the Republic of Ireland, Sky
O’Neill added that he now has to adapt to life as an international boss as he will not be with the players again until well into next year, although he noted, tongue-in-cheek, that the players will likely not miss him as much as he’ll miss them.
“We will get back in the early hours and we are going to a hotel, and I won’t see them for some time,” O’Neill said. “I’ll have withdrawal symptoms – I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players. I might be on the phone to them, but I’m not sure they are looking forward to that.”
The draw in Poznan came on the back of a 3-0 win over Latvia at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium as O’Neill marked his first game in charge with a victory. O’Neill was content with the draw away from home, particularly the way in which Ireland defended the clean sheet in the final minutes as Poland searched for a late winner.
“We are away from home and it’s a good result for us in that sense,” the former Sunderland boss said. “Lots of things we can improve on and the players think that themselves. Tonight was tough going, but we saw it through.
“There weren’t many chances in the game, but we showed terrific resilience towards the end,” O’Neill continued. “But at the end of it all, there were loads of things to take out of it. Results and performance are very, very important. It’s been really enjoyable for me.”
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