Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was in bullish mood after the 0-0 draw in Stockholm which keeps alive hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
The veteran Italian insisted: “We started very well, the team started with confidence, personality with good determination and I think we deserved this result”.
Trapattoni believes that Ireland’s impressive draw against Sweden can help in the construction of a new “personality” for his team.
“I think this 90 minutes is for us a good result,” the Italian said. “We started immediately well.
“The first minutes we have also a great opportunity with Shane Long.
“We could start better but it was a good opportunity. We had good balance.
“I don’t know if Sweden is afraid of us but, for us, it was very important not to concede a goal.
“Until now, we have played nine games without losing away game.
“Our young players showed more confidence. I’m sure we can do more also in the future with this group.
“Slowly, slowly we create our personality. Now we have very difficult game because Austria won, scored many goals.
“Austria is very strong team. I was in Austria when team had young players. It will be for us a great opportunity to achieve a similar table. They have 10 points, we have seven. With victory the next game, we can create the opportunity.
“We are fresh and also fast. Slowly, slowly we create our personality. Now we have very difficult game because Austria won and scored many goals [against the Faroe Islands].”
James McCarthy, who was named man of the match by RTÉ despite not being originally in Trapattoni’s starting line-up added: “It’s a great result. Just coming here and playing in the manner we did was superb”.
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