Players left dazed and confused


Soccer:The Irish players emerged from the dressingroom both dazed and confused after chasing a ball that seemed to be on a string for most of the 93 minutes eventually played against Spain in Gdansk last night.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan was the only one to suggest they were on a hiding to nothing because of Giovanni Trapattoni’s loyalty to his system, but there was hint of helplessness from all those who stopped, though John O’Shea was forthright in suggesting the players need to look at themselves first.