Ireland manager Stephen Kenny: ‘It was a strange game, to say the least’

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has no complaints about the result after his team’s 1-1 draw with New Zealand’s All Whites.

In his post-match interview, he said:

“New Zealand played well, to be fair to them, and we didn’t play well in the second half. I take responsibility for that.

“We played players that are in and out of their club teams. Some players made their debuts tonight. We made nine changes. We wanted to give everyone an opportunity, it wasn’t about getting over the line with a win.

“It was a strange game, to say the least. We missed a few good chances but could have lost it as well.

“Listen, that’s the way it is, I’ve no complaints. I’ve spoken to the players about that.”

Kenny acknowledged the game may have been his last with widespread speculation that his contract will not be renewed.

“It may well be my last match. That’s been well documented. It’s been a privilege to manage my country

“Sport is ruthless. We’ll have to see, of course.”

Stephen Kenny: ‘It’s been a privilege’

Other reactions

Ireland’s man of the match, Mikey Johnston, said: “New Zealand are actually a very good side.”

Irish legend James McClean, who will retire from international football after earning his 103rd cap, said:

“The support has been phenomenal, it’s just a shame I couldn’t end on a win. I enjoyed the night for what it was, I’ve a few special memories.

“It’s over, I think it’s the right time. People have been saying I would be emotional. So much has happened, there’s no need to cry. I’ve no regrets, I’ve had the time of my life.”

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Game played on Wednesday November 22, 2023 (NZT)
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 8.45am (NZT)

Republic of Ireland 1 (Adam Idah 28′)
New Zealand 1 (Matt Garbett 59′)

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