Staunton remains positive

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Ireland boss Steve Staunton admitted his players were "absolutely devastated" after an injury-time goal robbed them of victory in their 2-2 Euro 2008 qualifier in Slovakia.

Marek Cech lashed the ball home with seconds remaining to claim a draw and wreck Ireland´s hopes of three points which Kevin Doyle´s stunning second-half goal appeared to have given them.

Staunton said: "Judging by the dressing-room the lads are absolutely devastated and it is like a morgue in there. But I wouldn´t say it is a bad result. We are still on course and we want to win every game but we are playing two difficult games in such a short space of time."

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