Sky Sports pundit Ian Harte was less than impressed with Republic of Ireland's defending in their 2-0 defeat by Italy. Here, the former international full-back picks apart the mistakes and suggests it might be time for Giovanni Trapattoni to stand down
Last Updated: June 18, 2012 11:14pm
Giovanni Trapattoni: Is it the right time for Giovanni Trapattoni to stand down as Ireland boss?
Defending has been a real problem for Ireland. Obviously they have been pretty solid defensively and that got them through the qualifying.
But, for whatever reason, at the tournament it all seemed to go pear-shaped, especially Monday night's game against Italy. To concede from two set-plays is disappointing.
It is probably a bit of both giving the ball away in bad areas and bad decision-making. Ireland have played well in the past and done it well in training.
But, of course, when you are up against world-class opposition, it is a different story. Their movement, trying to get into the little gaps, is key.
The smallest man on the pitch, Antonio Cassano, got the first goal for Italy. You have to look at Keith Andrews' defending at that set-piece.
At the second goal, John O'Shea was attempting to man handle Mario Balotelli and he managed to swivel and get away a volley. Shay Given was given no chance.
Change at the top
In the build-up to the opening goal, there were so many mistakes. Glenn Whelan tried to play a diagonal ball, but gave possession to Italy.
Given then came sliding out and did not win the ball. Given then spilled a shot which led to the corner. They then conceded.
There needs to be a change at the top. Either the manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, needs to stand down or he needs to rebuild.
He needs to give all the young lads a chance in a similar way to Mick McCarthy did a few years ago.
McCarthy got criticised, but, over the years, we gelled as a team and were very successful. That is what needs to happen at the moment.
The likes of James McClean could have made a difference. Trapattoni said McClean was not experienced. McClean is never going to get the experience if he is sitting on the bench.
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