'We gave away sloppy goals' - St Ledger rues mistakes

The Leicester City player admitted that Ireland’s defending was poor at times in Poznan tonight.

St Ledger after scoring his goal.
St Ledger after scoring his goal.
Image: Antonio Calanni/AP/Press Association Images

IRELAND DEFENDER SEAN St Ledger has admitted that Ireland’s performance was not good enough during the 3-1 defeat to Croatia tonight.

St Ledger, who brought Ireland level in the first half by converting Aiden McGeady’s free-kick, says the goals they conceded were uncharacteristic of Giovanni Trapattoni’s side and added that he believed the second from Nikica Jelavic looked offside.

“We conceded sloppy goals which is unlike us, we are usually pretty tight,” the Leicester City player told ITV after the final whistle.

“The second one was dubious, it could have been offside and we thought it was a foul.

We had to come out in the second half and the next goal was important.

“Obviously they got it and when you are 3-1 down to a side like Croatia it’s always going to be tough.

“It was unlike us the goals we conceded. I wouldn’t say Croatia split us open but they were poor goals to concede.”

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Ireland sit bottom of Group C after that result and face world and European champions Spain, who drew 1-1 with Italy earlier today, in their next game on Thursday.

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