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CLARK: I'LL TAKE RAP FOR THIS.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

IF THERE was bravery on display from an Irishman last night it came from Ciaran Clark, who was quick to hold his hand up for the first Austrian goal.

In the aftermath of such a hugely disappointing finish, several members of the home squad walked through the mixed zone with heads down and ignoring pleas for a word of analysis.

But Clark, who will require a scan on a shoulder injury that ended his involvement in the second half, did stop.

Earlier Zlatko Junuzovic stole possession from the Aston Villa defender, who watched on helplessly as he fed Martin Harnik.

"It was one of those things," he said. "It was a mistake by me. "I should have put it down the side but I took a touch instead and the lad has nicked it.

"We did brilliantly to come back from that and in the last few minutes it was a killer.

"We created the better chances and two little mistakes - one by me and the other in the end when we should have kept the ball in their corner - cost us.

"The manager has just said to keep going and that's it. We've got to pick our heads up, look to the next one and that's all we can do."

For David Forde, it was a new experience to concede twice after shutting out Sweden at the Friends Arena.

"The result on Friday was a fair reflection but I think we deserved to win tonight," claimed the Galway native.

"They got lucky with the goal and it was bitterly disappointing, but these things happen in football.

"We just have to move on now and take the positives from it. We have to learn from the last two performances."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2013
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