Everton's Seamus Coleman: Republic of Ireland draw with Scotland felt like a defeat

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland's draw with Scotland leaves the Irish two points behind their rivals in their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

Seamus Coleman has admitted that the Republic of Ireland’s draw with Scotland on Saturday “felt like a defeat.”

The Everton defender says the Irish need to learn from their mistakes if they are to have any chance of qualifying for Euro 2016 in France.

The right-back played 90 minutes for Martin O'Neill's side who now find themselves in an uncertain position in their group following the draw with Scotland.

Republic of Ireland are fourth in Group D, two points behind Scotland, with two sides guaranteed qualification. Whoever finishes in third is likely to go into the play-offs.

Thanks to Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters, Ireland went ahead but John O'Shea deflected Shaun Maloney's shot into his own net shortly after half time. The equaliser granted Gordon Strachan’s men a valuable point.

“To have all your hard work in the first half undone very, very early in the second half is massively disappointing and it’s hard to take," Coleman told the Liverpool Echo.

"It feels like a defeat, to be honest.

“We were going to keep it tight and then we concede 45 seconds in to the second half, so we got a bit of a slap on the wrist for that and rightly so.”

However, Coleman is refusing to give up his qualification hopes. Ireland have a trip to Gibraltar in September which is followed by a home clash with Georgie days later.

“There’s no point in feeling sorry for ourselves,” he said. “We take it on the chin and we go again.

“You have to still believe. Ideally we would have gotten all three points, but we’re still just a couple of points behind Scotland. Hopefully we can turn the table a bit. We’ll keep going until the end.”

It looks unlikely that they will qualify but anything is possible. The Republic of Ireland have been there and done it before; always with some level of drama.

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