Spain 4-0 Ireland

Andrews: Silly goals cost us

Defensive mistakes our undoing says midfielder

ESPN staff

Ireland's defenders couldn't contain Spain© Getty Images

Keith Andrews bemoaned another display littered with defensive mistakes as the Republic of Ireland were knocked out of Euro 2012 with a 4-0 defeat to defending champions Spain.

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Once again, Giovanni Trapattoni's side conceded an early goal inside five minutes and though they managed to negotiate their way to half-time trailing to just Fernando Torres' goal, David Silva made it 2-0 four minutes after the break.

Torres added another before Cesc Fabregas sealed the rout with a fine finish from a narrow angle.

"We tried to say before the game let's learn our lessons but we shot ourselves in the foot again," Andrews told ITV. "They were silly goals and we didn't learn, but they're such a top side any lapse in concentration is going to hurt you. For the majority of the game we were chasing shadows and we couldn't get near them. They are a fantastic side.''


As always, Ireland were roared on by huge support, and the travelling fans sang their way through the final ten minutes of the match.


Andrews added: "The fans were an absolute credit to their country and unfortunately we have not been able to give them what they deserved. We're playing [against Italy] purely for the fans and for our own pride. They've travelled in their thousands.


"With seven or eight minutes to go all you can hear is the Irish fans and we're losing three or 4-0.''


Andrews' response to Ireland's biggest defeat at the European Championships drew a stinging reply from former captain Roy Keane, working as a TV pundit, who said a change of approach was needed.


Keane said: "I think the players and supporters have to change their mentality. It's just nonsense to say how great the supporters are. The supporters want to see the players do a lot better and not give daft goals away like that.


"Let's change that attitude towards Irish supporters. Let's not kid ourselves, they want to see their team winning, Let's not just go along for the sing-song now and again. It was a wake-up call for these players tonight. The goals they gave away tonight at any level were absolutely shocking.''

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