Giovanni Trapattoni admitted Republic of Ireland had been fortunate to win their opening World Cup qualifier after two late goals carried them to victory over Kazakhstan.
The lowly-ranked Kazakhstan controlled the match for long periods and looked on course to take all three points thanks to Kairat Nurdauletov's first-half goal.
However, Robbie Keane equalised from the penalty spot in the 89th minute and Kevin Doyle then snatched a win for the visitors.
Afterwards, a downbeat Trapattoni said: "I think it's honest to say that we have been a little bit lucky in this game.
"I think we had a psychological block after we conceded because usually we have a good reaction when that happens but we didn't."
His opposite number, Miroslav Beranek, agreed, saying: "Football showed its brutal face to us. We played very well so it's really hard to speak about these goals we conceded."
Beranek also stated that Kazakhstan were unhappy with the penalty decision after Keane had tangled with Mikhail Rozkhov near the goal-line.
He said: "I personally didn't see the penalty but the players said it was just a duel for the ball."