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Published: 11:44 | 6/9/16

O'Shea lookng at the positives

John O'Shea believes the Republic of Ireland must take positives from their draw with Serbia tin the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign opener.

Ireland took the lead in the third minute when Jeff Hendrick scored his first goal for his country but two goals in a seven-minute spell shortly after the hour mark saw Serbia take the lead.

The Boys in Green refused to give up and after Jonathan Walters efforts was ruled out for offside, Daryl Murphy headed his first goal for Ireland to clinch a valuable point for the visitors.

"When you do go 2-1 down away from home in a World Cup qualifier and you finish as strongly as we did, that's definitely pleasing, and the other pleasing thing is the impact of the players who came on," O'Shea said.

"Stephen Quinn and Daryl Murphy had a big impact. They were vital in there, obviously Murph with the goal, but Quinner was everywhere when he came on.

"He popped up, he was getting on the ball, getting us playing again and that was crucial."

While O'Shea was looking at the positives, the Sunderland defender voiced his frustration at the manner in which Serbia took the lead after Filip Kostic was awarded a penalty following a slight collision with Walters.

"He's clever, he's bought it. He's got on the inside - I just literally saw a replay a second ago - and he's gone down without any contact," O'Shea explained.

"Look, he's got on the wrong side of Jonny, so he knows the referee too is kind of blinded by his angle. What he sees, it's more than likely you're going to give a penalty for it. Unfortunately if he has a better angle, he's not going to give it.

"They were quite fortunate how they got the equaliser. Myself and Tadic, we didn't know where the ball was and it just bounced off his knee or his heel and fell right to the lad's foot, so they were very fortunate to get back in it in that sense."

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