Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni was delighted with his defence as the side kept their fifth successive clean sheet in last night’s goalless friendly against Croatia.
Holding a strong side that included Tottenham trio Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka scoreless for 90 minutes was a great performance and the manager was very pleased with his team.
“When the players are incisive we can make a difference. In qualifying we have to do this,” the Italian said.
Regarding the clean sheet Trapattoni said: “I am happy for this.
“Before the game, when we prepare, I repeat the same lesson because when I was first here, two or three little situations were changing our results.
“The team has improved very much in these situations.”