Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Trap urges Ireland to move on

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni has told his Ireland players to ignore the criticism surrounding their defeat by Russia to give themselves the best chance of making amends against Slovakia on Tuesday.

All the focus since Friday's 3-2 loss at Dublin's Aviva Stadium in Euro 2012 qualifying has been on the hosts' poor performance as they suffered their only regular qualifying defeat in more then two years under the Italian's management.

"In 30 years I've had many good results and bad results. It is more difficult to analyse things beforehand. If I said I had foreseen the exact situations we ended up in, you wouldn't believe me," said Trapattoni.

"My job is predicting. If I change things and we lose, then people would be asking why am I changing everything? It's normal.

"The first thing I said to the players (after Friday's game) was we will watch the game again but for psychological reasons you have to not read the newspapers.

"The players know if they played bad or well. They can't be in the right frame of mind if they're reading bad, bad, bad, bad. We cannot lose our trust or our confidence.

"It's important because, yes games are 90 minutes, but the first 10 minutes can change the game. Tuesday is another game, Tuesday we have another opportunity. We cannot cry, we must start again."

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