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Ireland manager Noel King rejects Eamon Dunphy comments after loss to Germany

Updated: Saturday, 12 Oct 2013 14:31 | Comments

Noel King: 'I'm just sorry we didn't score. I thought we deserved a goal'
Noel King: 'I'm just sorry we didn't score. I thought we deserved a goal'

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Interim Republic of Ireland boss Noel King was delighted with the efforts of his players, despite going down 3-0 to Germany, and rejected criticism from pundit Eamon Dunphy.

Speaking on RTÉ TV, ex-Millwall player Dunphy said: "I thought it was terrible, the team looked confused. It was tactically a shambles."

Dunphy added that King's tactics made former manager Giovanni Trapattoni look like Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Replying to that assertion, King said: "How many times have you watched that comedy show? It's so old, so so antiquated. It's a funny show and that's what they do. I'd be disappointed if they didn't do that. 

"Real football people know what went on tonight. We got to the 89th minute and it was 2-0.

"We had chances to go 2-1 and despite not having the lion's share of possession, to come away from the best team in the world in this environment and create five or six chances, that was a testament to their passion and courage.

"Against a top team in the world, we created chances. I'm delighted with our boys - I'm just sorry we didn't score. I thought we deserved a goal."

"Real football people know what went on tonight" - Noel King

Ireland did indeed have chances and might have got themselves back into the game had lone striker Stokes, whose loose pass led to the opening goal, not miskicked when attempting to convert the rebound from Clark's header as it came back off the woodwork.

The Celtic frontman had three more promising opportunities after the break.

King said: "He gave the ball away for the goal, but he worked his socks off. He was very creative and on another day, he could have got a hat-trick.

"But that's the life of a striker. If they score, they are a hero; if they don't, they are mugs."

Stokes admitted he had passed up several chances to get his name on he scoresheet, but insisted he would not dwell on his misses.

Asked about his chance from Clark's effort, he said: "I probably got ahead of the ball. I didn't think it was going to come that far off the bar, but I expected to do a little bit better.

"It was one of those nights. I'll be annoyed for half an hour, and then I'll let it go."

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