Mick McCarthy remains upbeat on Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 qualification chances
Mick McCarthy has defended the Republic of Irelands performance in Georgia.
Ireland were held with Denmark beating Switzerland 1-0 in the night to join them after six fittings at the very top of Group D on 12 points on Saturday afternoon, into a draw in Tbilisi.
However, McCarthys side will advance to the next seasons finals with a victory over Switzerland, who they play with on Tuesday at Geneva night – live on Sky Sports.
If they fail to watch off the Swiss, Ireland will book their place at Euro 2020 if they could defeat Denmark under lights in the Aviva Stadium.
I really dont get it, I truly dont catch it. I think everyone could have taken the situation were in today, going to Switzerland and when we win, we all qualify; should we conquer Denmark, we all qualify, McCarthy told FAI TV.
Of course, the peddlers of despair and gloom will saywell, we have no chance of winning. I dont get that. Who knows, who knows whats going to happen?
Weve been all right. Weve performed far better against the better sides, so weve given performances. Im looking forward to it – the pressure is really on them [Switzerland] on Tuesday night
Switzerland would expect to finish their fixtures next month out of a visit to Gibraltar and a home battle with Georgia and course both Denmark and Ireland but have played a game fewer.
McCarthy added:Its left us if we win a few of the gameswe all qualify. Thats what Im led to believe.
Its head-to-head against them, so when we win on Tuesday, we have qualified.
If you would have stated for me on December 1 when the draw had been [made], I would have taken it, obviously I would.
McCarthy verified that Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick is still struggling with a groin injury, meaning Brighton striker Aaron Connolly could be included.
The 19-year-old nearly snatched victory with just two chances late in the match and came off the bench at the Boris Paichadze Arena.
McCarthy explained:Hes come into the group, hed his cameo in the end, and then of course the issue is, would Ive played him more?
Well, I might have begun him and he may not have played very well from the beginning at a rough and tumble match. He might have scored from the beginning.
But had he started and not played nicely, then that would happen to be ,well, he should not have had a introduction, usual things, which I know is coming. It does not matter what happens, youre going to get holes.
I believe he did good when he came on. He had his chances in a match which was starting to have stretched, starting to develop into wide-open.
So he has had a excellent cameo appearance and Ive no doubt hes ready to begin.