Trap: Aussies gave us 'a severe lesson'

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that Australia gave his team "a severe lesson" in last night's 3-0 reversal at Thomond Park.

"It was a severe lesson for us," Trapattoni said.

"I am a little bit disappointed, like the team, but the situation happened. After the first half Australia deserved to win. We had a great chance with Robbie Keane that may have made the difference, may have changed the result.

"In the second-half we couldn’t score a goal but we had a better mentality and direction. I suppose a few players had only played a few times, not four, five or six 90 minutes.

The manager said however that he was not worried about the defeat just before Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Cyprus next month.

"This is not disappointing because we have four weeks of league action to come and players can improve their performances."

He did say that the defeat did dampen the mood in the dressing room though.

"The players are a little bit down but I gave them words of encouragement. They can play better when the season gets underway. I myself am a little disappointed but we deserved to score one or two goals."

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