O’Neill reflects on a disappointing 2018

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 16: Martin O'Neill manager / head coach of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

After getting relegated in the UEFA Nations League, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admitted how disappointing 2018 has been for his team.

The Republic of Ireland have managed to win just one match in 2018 and O’Neill is disappointed with their performance and he tries to shift focus to the Euro 2020 qualifiers which starts in March 2019.

“I would have hoped to, absolutely,” O’Neill told Sky Sports when asked of his side’s progress.

“I would like to have thought we could have found a wee bit more going forward, maybe have got an established goal scorer.

“But it hasn’t been. It’s certainly been a disappointing year in that aspect, no question about it, and we have to regroup.

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“The bigger picture is the Euro qualifiers.

“There is no question about that, regardless of what happens on Monday night and that has always been the case.

“I think we will be ready for it. We were ready for it a couple of years ago. We had a really strong battle to qualify for the Euros and we got through to the playoffs.

“Hopefully some of the players are coming back. I’m hoping one or two of the young lads in and around the scene, who have only played a couple of games, can come through.

“But like everything else, we have to try and score a goal. That would be nice.”