Katie McCabe reflects on Ireland's 1-1 draw with Slovakia

Katie McCabe reflects on Ireland's 1-1 draw with Slovakia

IRELAND CAPTAIN Katie McCabe feels that Ireland must "tidy up" parts of their play after Ireland played out a hard fought draw with Slovakia on Thursday night. The game ended 1-1 with McCabe scoring a well-taken equaliser in the second half. Martina Surnovska put Slovakia in front. 

The game in Tallaght was a gritty affair and even though Ireland didn't take maximum points from the tie, McCabe states that there is enough time to get better with Georgia, the bottom seeds right around the corner.

McCabe spoke to RTÉ Sport after,

"It's great to get the draw in the end, I think we showed great character to fight back in the second half, but we know ourselves we didn't start the game well enough,"

"We looked to change a few things at half-time. We're not happy with the draw but we got the point in the end.

"There's things we want to tidy up. We can be better on the ball for sure but we showed some good play in the second half and we'll be looking to take those positives into Tuesday."

The Arsenal starlet also mentioned her goal and how her relationship with Denise O'Sullivan is blossoming.

I like to play off Denise [O'Sullivan] a lot. When she picks up the ball I know I just need to make a forward run and she'll find me. It was a great assist... I was just happy to finish it off.

"In saying that down the other end, Louise Quinn clearing the ball off the line - unbelievable. That's what ultimately got us the point in the end.

"There's a lot of football to be played. This isn't the result we wanted, we did well to get the point but we'll be looking to put things right come Tuesday."

The Georgia game may come too soon, but McCabe has brushed off any injury concerns she may have had before the game. She also thanked the Irish record crowd in Tallaght.

"A fan had a sign saying, 'can I have your boots?'," she said when asked about giving her footwear to a lucky supporter.

"It's unfortunate we can't sign autographs due to Covid but it's great having the fans back. It helped us get over the line.

"I had a knock against United at the weekend. With the great staff we have they sorted it out and I was passed fit yesterday. I'll be fine."

Dublin , Ireland - 25 November 2021; Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw, centre, with Katie McCabe,  (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)