Ciaran Clark’s own goal denied Ireland the draw
Martin O’Neill felt Republic of Ireland dominated Sweden and deserved all three points in their Group E clash on Monday evening.
The Boys in Green hit the crossbar through Jeff Hendrick in the first half before taking the lead two minutes after the break through a stunning Wes Hoolahan half volley.
Ciaran Clark turned Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross into his own net with 20 minutes remaining to deny Ireland a dream start to Euro 2016 and O’Neill insists his players should not be disheartened by their performance.
“I thought they were magnificent in the game and played some really nice football,” said O’Neill.
“We should have been at least in front by half time. I thought we were very, very dominant.
“We scored the goal just after half time and naturally there is going to be a period in the game where Sweden are going to come into the match.
“We had to withstand some corner kicks, which we did so manfully. Of course the goal deflates you and there is disappointment in the dressing room because of it, but I don’t think the players should be disheartened by the performance.”