Ireland make hard work of seeing off Gibraltar

Seamus Coleman 'It'll be an interesting September'

Seamus Coleman 'It'll be an interesting September'

The Republic of Ireland maintained their unbeaten start to Euro 2020 qualifying with a laboured 2-0 win over Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium on Monday. It has now been nine games since a frontman in green scored for Ireland. We didn't do that.

"The remaining games against Denmark, and the home and away game against Switzerland are going to be key to where we finish in the group and I don't think Mick will over-analyse the game against Gibraltar", said Cunnigham. "We have had two awful games against Gibraltar, but we've dispatched them both and - as far as I'm concerned - we beat them in both, so six points from the two games".

"I would have taken 10 points, everybody else in here, Irish journalists, fans, would have taken 10 points however we were going to get them".

"Now we have the win we can enjoy the summer, rest up and we have a big game coming up when we return. We didn't let them play today, which is pleasing".

"We played better against Georgia, we played better against Denmark".

Manager Mick McCarthy freely admits they would happily have settled for 10 points from the 12 available in advance, and there have been elements of the campaign to date other than the tangible return which have pleased him.

He said: "We played pretty poorly against Gibraltar twice, and beat them".

Coleman said: "We can only deal with what's in front of us". We've got a bit of a headstart.

Usual rules, with 12 games we can expect 4 or 5 of the games to see goals and there aren't many that will deliver less than 2 so the total goals special looks in with a great chance.

"Hopefully we can perform well, play on the front foot and make it hard for them [Switzerland]".

If the expectation was that the Republic would sweep Gibraltar aside after fighting back to snatch a point in Copenhagen three days earlier, that notion was to prove overly optimistic as they dominated possession, but lacked the craft to counteract the visitors' obstinacy.

Indeed, all they had to show for their efforts as the clock ticked into stoppage time at the end of the game was Joseph Chipolina's own goal after the defender inadvertently deflected David McGoldrick's 29th-miunute effort past keeper Kyle Godwin when the initial shot had been missing the target by some distance.