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Randolph defiant after World Cup failure: 'People have very short memories!'

The Ireland goalkeeper insists the Boys in Green will bounce back from Tuesday night’s disappointment.

Seamus Coleman and Darren Randolph dejected after the match Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph with injured captain Seamus Coleman after Tuesday's defeat to Denmark. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

DARREN RANDOLPH IS adamant that Ireland can recover from the bitter disappointment of Tuesday night’s 5-1 loss to Denmark at the Aviva Stadium.

The defeat in the play-off second leg in Dublin, which followed a goalless draw in Copenhagen on Saturday, cost Martin O’Neill’s side a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

In spite of such a heavy defeat, Randolph was one of his side’s top performers over the course of the tie against the Danes. After being Ireland’s man of the match in the first leg, he made several more excellent saves on Tuesday.

According to a defiant message posted on Instagram this morning, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper said Ireland have been written off but they’ll bounce back from this disappointment.

The 30-year-old also wished Denmark the best in next summer’s tournament, as well as thanking the Irish supporters for their backing throughout the campaign.

“Absolutely gutted to have been knocked out of the World Cup but proud to have been a part of the journey with the group of players that were written off so many times,” Randolph posted.

“We’ve had some great times together [in] the last couple of years and we’ll be back. People have very short memories! Best of luck to Denmark in Russia also.

“Just want to thank everyone for the support, home and away. Always great to see a sea of green inside and out of the stadium, home or away.”

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