Austrian defender admits Shane Duffy's late disallowed goal should have stood

Posted June 25, 2017

Martin O'Neill was furious with Spanish referee David Borbalan after seeing the Republic of Ireland denied a dramatic World Cup qualifier victory over Austria.

There are times when you have to go long, when short passing is replaced by an aerial bombardment when the idea football is played on grass is a loose one.

"It was very disappointing".

I like Hendrick as a player but he's better coming from deep and running with the ball.

Walters was with him emphatically on the disallowed goal, less so on the penalty but the most striking thing, perhaps, was the scale of his satisfaction about the side's second-half display.

"If it's anywhere else on the pitch it's play on". I'd like to think that I have proven in games for my country that I am ready when called upon.

Austria, who last played at a World Cup in 1998, remain fourth on eight points with the third-placed Welsh.

"I've seen it back again". In the 87th minute, Ireland even found the net.

"It is a goal".

Asked about the atmosphere in the dressing room after the final whistle, Derby full-back Christie said: "We were all a bit downhearted after that because we feel we should have won."We feel the ref's decision there at the end, we think he kind of bottled that decision". He let a lot of things go and if that's the case, then you think, "let this go".

Austrian substitute Florian Grillitsch sliced a corner up into the air inside his own six-yard box and Lainer helped the ball into his own net under pressure from Shane Duffy on the line.

- Martin O'Neill extended his unbeaten run in home qualifying matches as national team manager of the Republic of Ireland to nine (W5 D4).

"The lineman thinks he has given a goal and he's nearly up at the halfway line before he is called back".

"The referee was very poor", O'Neill said.

"In the second half, Ireland put us under pressure and we lost the ball too easily, but we still had chances to score the second goal".

Duffy, like the handful of other Irish players who passed through the mixed zone after the game, was adamant that the hosts might have, should have, taken all three points with their dizzying aerial assault on Austria certainly generating the lion's share of the second-half chances.

Bringing on Wesley and Aiden McGeady were also good moves as it gave us some control in midfield.

"I'm disappointed [with the result], but we're still in the competition".