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I think that all the teams that were unseeded, probably didn't want to play Italy, so there was a 50/50 chance of us getting them from that viewpoint, but that said it's going to be a difficult game for us but we'll take our chance.feedback
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Oct 17 2017
We found 23 articles in which Martin O'Neill said something. The most recent Martin O'Neill’s quote is: “Eriksen is a top quality player, he's exceptional really, he's been in great, great form for not just club but country and playing brilliantly.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Martin O'Neill 67 times. On this page, you will find all of Martin O'Neill’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Oct 09 2017

That last half-hour seemed an eternity. We had to withstand pressure but we knew at some stage we would have to try to win the game and we did it.feedback

Oct 09 2017 - World Cup

I've never doubted the character of the players and their courage was never in doubt. Sometimes we can do better with the ball, but trying to qualify for the World Cup is a monumental task. I knew we'd fight back. And I don't think anyone would want to play us in the play-offs.feedback

Oct 09 2017 - Portugal

Do I fear teams in it? I don't think we'd want to play Italy. I don't think we'd want to play Portugal and there are six others I'd rather not, too. But I'm delighted to be there. I always fear them – and then we go out and beat them.feedback

Oct 08 2017

It compares very favourably to any of the big matches I've been involved in.feedback

Oct 08 2017 - Russia

But certainly, the view among the players, is that if Russia is available to us, then he would very much be in the forefront of our thoughts. He has been a class player, a world class player and he has been essential for us.feedback

Oct 08 2017

We have missed him, but he is making a good recovery now and it would be nice for him to be able to go there. When he is fit, he will get back to his best form with club and country and it will be nice for him to have something to look forward to at international level.feedback

Oct 08 2017

I'll have to think about it. Centre-forwards get great confidence from scoring goals and he [Long] has missed a couple of chances. I'll have a look at it and see how he is. It would have been nice if one of those chances had gone in because it would have been a big boost for him.feedback

Oct 08 2017

In big matches we have taken a lot of risks with people. We may have to do it again.feedback

Oct 08 2017

Gareth Bale is a top-class player and Wales will feel that he is a loss to them in the same way I feel Seamus Coleman has been a big loss to us. If you go through all the games we've played both in this and the Euro 2016 campaign, we've had to battle through with players that are important to us missing. So try to put it into some sort of context. I'm sure Wales will feel they'd have a better chance of winning if he was playing but that's the nature of the game.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - World Cup

This is a really big game and I've been involved in a few. I've got a couple of European Cup wins as well. Actually, I am going to tell you this is as big… It's a qualification for a World Cup and I keep telling the players, honestly, playing in a World Cup, it is fantastic, it's absolutely fantastic.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - World Cup

To be involved in a World Cup, when you are dealing with other nations and the best players, with a little bit of luck you could be in the same group as someone like [Lionel] Messi.feedback

Oct 07 2017

There are a couple of things we need to win this game. With the intense atmosphere there, you need to play with your head. You have to play with a great deal of intensity too and the two don't always marry.feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Northern Ireland

We had a great time [with Northern Ireland] in 1982. I've told the players, this is it, this is it, so don't die wondering. You have to go for it. And we will go for it.feedback

Oct 07 2017

I don't think I have to say anything more, the players know the importance of the game, we want to try and win it and we need to win.feedback

Oct 06 2017

Him not playing helps, but Wales have been able to win matches without him. I'm sure their mindset was pretty strong.feedback

Oct 06 2017

It was always going to be like this. If we said to me that we'd have to go to Wales and win at the start, I'd have taken it.feedback

Oct 06 2017

I think that Wales would naturally miss a player of that calibre. We've got a world-class player missing ourselves in Seamus Coleman. In my mind, he's as big a loss to us as he is to Wales. Gareth is a world-class player, and he's a major player. A couple of early goals settled our nerves. We had to get a result here.feedback

Oct 06 2017

A couple of early goals settled our nerves. We had to get a result here.feedback

Oct 06 2017

Now we have to go and apply ourselves [in Cardiff], play strongly and resolutely and I think we can win the match.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - World Cup

I wasn't sure If I would get used to international football or not, but qualifying for the Euros [Euro 2016] made it all worthwhile and we're still in this competition [World Cup qualifying] also.feedback

Oct 05 2017

The future, now with some younger players coming through and taking over from the old guard who will retire naturally through old age as much as anything else, I think makes it an exciting time for us.feedback

Oct 05 2017

I spoke to John [Delaney, chief executive] very recently and he said on behalf of the board that he wanted to extend my contract for the next couple of years. Obviously with Euro 2020 coming up, I've agreed to do so. I've enjoyed it [as manager] immensely.feedback

Oct 05 2017

There is a willingness on both sides. I've had a conversation with John not so long ago and John would like me to continue. I think there is exciting times ahead.feedback

Sep 06 2017

We don't have that real cutting edge and we've had to try and win games without that cutting edge. Without that Gareth Bale in your team, without that world-class player, we have to try and find a way.feedback

Sep 06 2017

It's my job to lift the players. It is my job to lift myself for a start. I just think, after the performance against Serbia, that will be easier. They'll be ready for it. I said to them in the dressing room: you have to win the two games. And we're capable of doing that.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Hopefully Scott can come in and add that [goals], it's asking a lot, but we will certainly have a look at him and a few others.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Without a doubt, Wales will have one hell of a game on their hands in Cardiff. We have to win the game against Moldova first before we even think about Wales.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Scott will be ready for those games. I think the paperwork will be done in time. A Robbie Keane, a 27-year-old Robbie Keane, would have absolutely loved that situation – he would have loved to be the hero, to score the goal. Which I think he could have done.feedback

Sep 06 2017

But if we apply the same sort of pressure as we did against Serbia, maybe somebody will come up with that moment, that decisive moment of getting us a goal. Just somebody…a goalscorer.feedback

Sep 06 2017

We threw caution to the wind at the end of the match to try and get something out of it, but it eventually eluded us.feedback

Sep 06 2017

I thought we played very, very well. We've come in [at half-time] and thought we could win the second half. They got a little break just after half-time, but I thought: 'we can win this match.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Scottish independence

We drew with Scotland in June the following year and it was doom and gloom, yet we were the ones that went to the Euros and performed very, very well.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We haven't lost a competitive game, despite some poor 25 mins, half an hours, even 45 mins, as it was the other night. These sort of things keep you going. The players sometimes have to be reminded of that.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Scottish independence

After we lost to Scotland in November [2014], it was a month after we'd drawn against Germany in Germany. We lost that game and it was doom and gloom.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We are not the most talented outfit that has played for the Republic of Ireland. That might be going back to Jack Charlton's time, who had players in the higher echelons in the big, big leagues. But we have a great spirit and I'm sure that'll help us enormously tomorrow night.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We've taken the criticism, we have to push it to one side, because the criticism is not going to win or lose you a game. It's what you do on the field that matters.feedback

Sep 05 2017

These players have come up with big wins, at different stages. That's why we made the Euros, because of that great strength that we possess.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We've been in a tough group. We were fourth seeds in this group, there was Wales, Austria, Serbia in front of us. So, what we're going to try to do is win a group that's been difficult to start with. That's number one.feedback

Sep 02 2017

We're going to try and win a game against Serbia, which is the most important thing. We're going to put heart and soul into the match and try and beat a side who probably – technically – are better than us.feedback

Sep 02 2017

We'll try and improve, absolutely. We've got a couple of days to work with the players.feedback

Sep 02 2017

The first half was as poor as we played this campaign. We gave possession away too cheaply and allowed them dominate. It will have to be a phenomenal effort to beat Serbia on Tuesday. We have to play better, be at our best. We can do it. I don't think there's a quick fix to it. We have to try and do better with the ball. We've got one or two very, very decent players who probably didn't play well tonight.feedback

Jun 10 2017

Jon was a talisman for us in European qualification but picked up injury before the competition started and only played little bits here and there so it's nice to have him on board because he's been terrific for us. He's a great warrior and, more than that, he has great ability and that helps us immensely.feedback

Jun 10 2017

That night we knew at the very beginning that we couldn't rely on anything else so had to go and win the game – sometimes that focuses you and stops you thinking negatively. This is a big, big game for Austria and we want to be positive. I don't think we could have gotten these points we have on the board without being positive so let's not fall into our shell.feedback

Jun 09 2017

We can't just put a team out and say: 'They've all played 40-odd games, they'll be fine'. For some of our guys, the last time they played was 30 April. Some others were 6 May. It's about finding a team that's game ready.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Mexico

Mexico played much better than us, they deserved to win the game. They were very good, dealt with the ball very well and I thought were much fitter than us. We can learn a great deal from the game.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Mexico

You can play a number of systems but you have to deal with situations.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Mexico

First of all, I was delighted with the game. Secondly, quite a number of players have not played football for quite a considerable amount of time.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Mexico

I thought it was a great work-out, a great exercise for us.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I just tried to play my normal game, I tried to affect the game. That's the point of wingers really. I just tried to get on the ball and tried to do things and that's the only thing I had in my head really.feedback

Mar 27 2017

I have seen the challenge on Seamus and I have seen the challenge on John O'Shea - they are very poor challenges.feedback

Mar 27 2017

He was taken to hospital on Friday night, he was very groggy. He had the operation on Saturday morning and that was successful.feedback

Mar 25 2017

To say I am disappointed for the player would be an understatement. Coleman has just been fantastic since I have arrived here. His attitude has been strong. It's not just attitude, it's his whole playing ability and demeanour, everything about him. He's a great character and captain considering he is one who is so quiet off the field. He will be badly missed by us and his club. He's having a season of a lifetime.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Seamus is such a mentally strong character that he wouldn't have got to where he has got without having that. He has ability but he has lots of things to go with it. Larsson was a brilliant player and came back from that injury and hopefully Seamus will do the same.feedback

Mar 25 2017

But Seamus is so mentally strong that when he has fully recovered he will be as brilliant as before.feedback

Mar 24 2017

I've been told the Bale one was also a bad one. The players were not happy with it and tell me it could have also have been a red card. I don't know [whether the Wales players have lost their heads] but I'm told they were pretty bad and if that's true I would agree with you [that they did].feedback

Mar 24 2017

Seamus has gone to hospital and it's a broken leg. I'm told it is a bad one. It's a devastating blow for Everton, a devastating blow for us, because he has been having the season of his life, but more importantly it is a huge blow to him. He has been playing so well, but he will fight like a devil to get back. It puts things into perspective a little bit tonight. I've been told they wouldn't even show the replays on television because it was that bad.feedback

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