UEFA Nations League: Shane Duffy hopes Ireland's fortune will change
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UEFA Nations League: Shane Duffy hopes Ireland's fortune will change

Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy believes the team can bounce back in their UEFA Nations League campaign.

Ireland will be in the play-offs in Slovakia next month, this comes after a 1-0 loss to Finland and a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.

Duffy insists that the team needs to go back to the drawing board and in hopes secure a victory in this campaign.

"We've got to pick ourselves up. We've still got to believe and trust what we're doing. It's still early days," Duffy said.

"I know it's not nice saying it, but we've got to keep going and pushing ourselves and wanting to get better and wanting to play this way. This is the way the manager has decided to play and we've got to get used to it quickly or you won't play." 

"I know people say what they want to say about me, but I can defend in one v one situations. I've done it in the Premier League and in international matches, but it's an easy excuse for people to write or say that I can't defend against one v one.

"But I back myself and I don't see many players really getting the better of me. At centre-half, you've got to deal with quick players. It's just the position I'm in.

"I've got to deal with big spaces, I've got to deal with being on the ball and hopefully I'm trying to get better at that."

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