John O'Shea

JOS: Irish needed response

by Stuart Vose

Faroes win crucial, says defender.

John O’Shea says a quick-fire win over the Faroe Islands was just the tonic for his Republic of Ireland side.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side headed to Torshavn earlier this week in need of a result following a 6-1 home defeat to Joachim Low’s Germany.

And they responded well, beating the Islanders 4-1 to get their push for World Cup qualification back on track.

“We showed good character in the second game to come back and pick up a good away win,” the Sunderland defender said.

“We were heavy favourites beforehand against the Faroes anyway, but it’s nice to just do the job on the pitch.

“Everyone was disappointed after the Germany game, but we picked ourselves up and got back on track with a good away win.”

O’Shea skippered the Irish in the absence of regular captain Robbie Keane, who was ruled out through injury.

The Republic have averaged two points a game so far and O’Shea says a good response to the Germany defeat was vital in the context of a competitive Group C.

“I think we needed the win to keep our hand in, and if you’d said beforehand we’d have six points from the first three games we’d have taken it,” he explained.

“We’d have liked to have taken something from Germany at home but realistically we were up against it there.

“I think we can look forward to the rest of the campaign.

“We bounced back straightaway and it’s always nice when you have a game straight after a bad result.

“Thankfully we got that win.”