Colin Doyle: ‘I’m big and strong enough to take it, so I’ll move on’
Ireland goalkeeper keen to put his ‘Karius moment’ at the Stade de France behind him
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle fails to stop a shot from France’s Nabil Fekir from going in for a goal during the friendly international at the Stade de France on Monday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Colin Doyle has vowed to put his Stade de France nightmare moment behind him after getting an unwelcome taste of Champions League final villain Loris Karius’s misery.
The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper allowed Nabil Fekir’s shot to squirm from his grasp and into the net in the 2-0 defeat to France in Paris on Monday evening, two days after Karius found himself in the firing line on social media following his horror show in Kiev.
Even the more measured reaction to the Liverpool man’s misfortune has seen his continued presence at Anfield called into question, but Doyle, who was making just his third senior appearance for Ireland, will take his mishap on the chin and look to move on.
The 32-year-old Bradford goalkeeper said: “Other than the obvious mistake, I was happy with my performance. However, nobody will look at how I did, people will probably just talk about the error.
“People won’t look at the saves I made, but look, it’s part and parcel of football. Look at the Liverpool lad on Saturday. He made a couple of errors to lose the Champions League and I felt sorry for him. I’m big and strong enough to take it, so I’ll move on.”
Martin O’Neill’s side were already trailing 1-0 to Olivier Giroud’s strike when Fekir took aim a minute before the break.
Doyle, who had to wait 10 years and 304 days for his second cap, but only 66 more days for his third, got his hands to the ball, only to see it loop up off his gloves and drop into the net behind him.
The goalkeeper, who had already made a series of good saves and went on to make more, acknowledged his error, but revealed he had earned the praise of assistant manager Roy Keane for his resilience after the game.
He said: “It came through a few bodies, I was unsighted. Look, I should have kept it out, I should have done better. I sort of got two hands on it.
“I didn’t know where it was, to be honest. I pushed it and it sort of went up. I thought I pushed it wide, but then I looked up around me and saw it come down under the bar. I tried to get it up, but it was too late.
“You just have to try to forget it. Roy said to me after the game, ‘Well done because it’s how you recover from mistakes’. He said I did well other than that.
“Obviously it’s a blatant error. Errors are part and parcel of the game. It’s how you recover from them.
“Luckily enough, I recovered okay. I tried to get it out of my head, which I did. I’ll move on from it. I can’t dwell on it.”
Doyle got his chance in Paris because of injuries to Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot and Keiren Westwood and is likely to be retained for Saturday’s friendly against the USA with uncapped duo Conor O’Malley of Peterborough and Bohemians’ Shane Supple providing the back-up.