Republic of Ireland's players reaction
UEFA Euro 2012: Poland & Ukraine
Group C: Italy 2-0 Republic of Ireland



Republic of Ireland captain & LA Galaxy forward:  "The last three games [the fans] have been fantastic and it's a shame that the team didn't perform as well as we know we can and we didn't get a result for them, because if anyone deserves it, it's these supporters. We played well tonight, but without really creating too many chances either, so it's one of those things where we're certainly disappointed that we didn't get something out of the group, and I'm sure all the players are disappointed but it's one of those things. It has been hard for us considering the group we were given, Spain and Italy and Croatia are all top sides and they deserve to make it through. Maybe if we hadn't conceded goals so early on in the first two games, we could have done better and stood a chance of getting through but it wasn't to be for us. It was set pieces that have hurt us again so that's something that's been the same for the last few games. It's one of those things because in previous games we were quite solid in that department. I know that we will come back strong, there is fantastic spirit, desire and belief in this squad and I hope that we can keep this bunch of lads together for the 2014 World Cup and some of the older ones can keep faith and stay on for a bit longer."



Republic of Ireland & Wolves left-back Stephen Ward:  "It was a tough game. I felt our performance was a lot better than the previous two. We had Italy on the ropes a bit in the second half; they were under the cosh and under a lot of pressure. It was unfortunate [that] we couldn't stick one in the net. We were unlucky a few times, and obviously they scored again from another set piece, which is disappointing but we'll all learn from the tournament experience. We've got to hold our hands up and just say we came up against three better sides and I think their quality has shown through. We looked dangerous from [set pieces] and just the bounce of a ball here and there did not go our way, and we've been a bit unlucky. I think our fans are just unbelievable. No matter what's gone on on the pitch the people of Poland will take away the experience of having seen probably the best fans in the world. They acquitted themselves really well and they were an absolute credit to the country. It's been quite unbelievable the support we have received and we cannot thank them enough for their constant backing. They deserved much better at this tournament."



Republic of Ireland & Stoke City forward Jon Walters:  "It's the result that matters and we didn't get it today or in any of the three games which is obviously extremely disappointing for us. We wanted to get something out of the game, simple as that. [Italy are] a good team, they've got very good players, but you're always going to be up against that when you come into a tournament and you've got to deal with that. At the end of the day, it's only 11 against 11 and we didn't put our mark on the game. We got beat by a set piece for the first goal, a set piece for the second – they're the details that matter in matches and they let us down. Keith (Andrews) was a bit annoyed when he got sent off but the fact of the matter is that Italy played much better and we were caught by not marking Cassano properly. The atmosphere was unreal. The fans were right behind us and we wanted to get something out of the game for them more than anything, and show a bit of pride, but we didn't manage to do that. But the supporters have been terrific from the first minute against Croatia to the last minute against Spain and they deserved a lot better than what they have seen from us over these three games. We've not been at our best and other teams in the group have collected more points than us- the table never lies. We have been poor and got no points, scored one goal and let in nine- that really says all that there is to say about us in this tournament."

Click here for full manager's comments after Italy's 2-0 win over Republic of Ireland


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