Published: 22:25 | 5/9/19

McCarthy impressed by Ireland's "durability"

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy praised his players for "sticking at it" in Thursday's 1-1 Euro 2020 Qualifier draw with Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

David McGoldrick headed home an 85th-minute equaliser, the Sheffield United striker's first goal for his country, to cancel out Fabian Schar's 74th-minute opener for Switzerland.

Ireland remain unbeaten in Group D with three wins, over Gibraltar (twice) and Georgia, and two draws with Denmark and Switzerland respectively.

McCarthy's side top the group with 11 points from five matches, two points ahead of Denmark.

"For periods of that game, they were better than us," McCarthy said. 

"My players just keep going, they give me everything. They're absolutely brilliant.

"We showed durability and the stoic nature Irish teams have shown during my time as a player and manager. We deserved it in the end.

"We started the second half really well. We had to keep tinkering with the system to stem the tide. 

"When we got the goal, we went 4-4-2 and gung ho. James McClean was amazing and I'm thrilled for David McGoldrick.

"I had three midfielders in there who have played six games between them this season. Switzerland's midfield were very good but we stuck at it."

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