IRELAND'S JAYSON MOLUMBY believes the atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium on Monday night was the 'best he's ever played in'
Ireland were unable to beat France because of Benjamin Pavard's singular second half strike and Mike Manigan's wonder save, but they did produce a gutsy display that left fans of the national team optimistic for the remaining games in the group.
Molumby, who was one of the standout players on the night went on to praise the home support at the Aviva.
“It was the best atmosphere I have ever played in. The fans were unbelievable," the West Brom midfielder said.
"When you are in it and when they’re fighting with you it’s unbelievable, you feel like you have an extra man. I felt that there today, it felt like they were behind us. They were brilliant so credit to them.”
🗣"Attitude, desire, commitment." — Off The Ball (@offtheball) March 28, 2023
🗣"Hats off to the coaching staff and everyone involved because they got it spot on."
Jayson Molumby explains Ireland's performance after the France defeat.
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🗣"Attitude, desire, commitment."
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) March 28, 2023
"It was an unfortunate goal to concede on our behalf but on another night, I think we get something from the game.
"I'm proud of the lads, proud of the fans tonight. Obviously, I am really gutted but I was proud out there of how everyone put in a good shift, and we were unlucky in the end.
Maignan's special save from Nathan Collin's header late on will go down in history and Molumby gave a special mention to the AC Milan's goalkeeper.
"We all thought it was in. Obviously, we are gutted, the goalkeeper has pulled off a worldie, to be fair," he added.
"The fans were brilliant, they nearly sucked the ball into the net in the end, at that end. But it was a top class save from their keeper."
Ireland's next game in the group will be against Gibraltar on June 19.