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Hughton on Irish exit

Posted on 17 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton reflects on Ireland's World Cup exit against Spain, made all the more difficult to swallow due to the superb level of performance.

VERY, VERY DISAPPOINTED. I think I'm probably more disappointed because of how the game went.

If they'd lost and lost comfortably you'd say 'well, they lost to a very good team', and the way Spain started you thought maybe it's going to be that way.

It was a typical Irish performance though, they dug deep and eventually became the better side in the game - the side that looked more likely to go on and win it.

I think a lot of the praise, of course, goes to Mick and what he's been able to get out of the side. I think also you've got to give a lot of credit to the individuals that are out there.

Apart from the ability that they've got, they are a very spirited bunch of players who showed a real desire to do well in this championship.

Three players missed penalties for Ireland and, we've seen it in the past where just one individual - like Southgate - has missed. Of course, it seems like it is all down to them - so I suppose the only consolation is that the load is shared.

I know what the Irish public are like though, and one thing I can guarantee is that when they return back home they will receive an incredible reception at Dublin Airport. That I can guarantee.

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