Mick McCarthy has defended the Republic of Irelands operation in Georgia, insisting hes pleased with what they need to do to qualify for Euro 2020.
Ireland were held together with Denmark beating Switzerland 1-0 at the day to join them after six fittings at the very top of Group D 12 points on Saturday afternoon, to some lacklustre 0-0 draw in Tbilisi.
But McCarthys side will progress to next seasons finals with a victory over Switzerland, who they perform on Tuesday at Geneva night – live on Sky Sports.
If they dont see the Swiss off, Ireland will book their place at Euro 2020 when they could beat Denmark on November 18 under lights in the Aviva Stadium.
I really dont get it, I truly dont catch it. I believe everybody could have taken the situation we are in today, going to Switzerland and when we win, we all qualify; should we defeat Denmark, we all qualify, McCarthy informed FAI TV.
Obviously, the peddlers of doom and gloom will saywell, we have no chance of winning. I dont get that. Who knows, who knows what will happen?
Weve been right. We have done better against the better sides, so weve given improved performances. Im looking forward to it – the pressure is really on them [Switzerland] on Tuesday night
Switzerland course both Ireland and Denmark but have played a game more and might expect to complete their fittings a month with a maximum six points out of a home clash with Georgia and a visit to Gibraltar.
McCarthy added:It has left us if we win one of the matches we all qualify. Thats what I am led to think.
Its head-to-head contrary to them, so if we win on Tuesday, weve qualified.
If youd have stated to me on December 1 when the draw was [created ], Id have accepted it, of course I would.
McCarthy confirmed that Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick is still struggling with a groin injury, which means Brighton striker Aaron Connolly could be involved.
The 19-year-old quite nearly snatched victory with just two opportunities in the game and came off the chair in the Boris Paichadze Arena.
McCarthy said:He has come into the squad, he had his cameo at the end, and of course the question is, how would I have played him more?
Well, I might have begun him and he might not have played very well from the beginning at a rough and tumble match. He may have scored all those scenarios, from the start.
But had he started rather than played nicely, then that could have beenwell, he should not have had a introduction, usual stuff, which I understand is coming. It doesnt matter what occurs, you are going to get picked holes whatever occurs.
I think he did great if he came on. He had his chances at a game that was beginning to get stretched, starting to develop into wide-open.
So hes had a excellent cameo appearance and Ive no doubt he is ready to begin.