Man-of-the-match Darren Randolph declared himself happy with a point after Ireland opened their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign with a draw away to Serbia.

It was far from a vintage performance from Ireland but goals from Jeff Hendrick and Daryl Murphy, along with a string of saves from Randolph saw Ireland claim a point in some testing conditions.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, Randolph said: "It's a tough place to come. The manager said inside that it could be a very important point come the end of the group, so yeah, I'm very happy to get a point in the first game of the group.

"I just want to do my part for the team. I got lucky today when I needed it, other times I just happened to be in the right place at the right time but as everyone says it was a team effort, for the boys to keep battling on to the end and big Murph' getting the equaliser. 

"We knew it was going to be tough, especially being the away team you're going to come under pressure, with the pitch out there it was difficult at times. But again, we dug in and typical Irish we battled out way and got something out the game."