O'Neill rues slow start

12 June 2017 05:47:08 EST

Martin O'Neill thought his Republic of Ireland side were unfortunate not to beat Austria in Sunday's World Cup qualifier.

The Republic were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in Dublin but O'Neill thought Shane Duffy's late effort should have been allowed to stand.

However, referee David Borbalan ruled out the goal for a foul on Konrad Lainer.

Austria appeared to be on course to clinch a welcome three points thanks to Martin Hinteregger's strike only for Jon Walters to volley home the equaliser with five minutes left.

"There's nothing wrong with it at all - he's called a foul on Shane Duffy and I can't see it," said O'Neill afterwards.

"We were very sloppy in the first half but went roaring into it in the second half and got the goal.

"We were fantastic in the second half in terms of drive and energy and we were hard done by.

"Jon Walters epitomised the strength and character this squad possesses."

Republic of Ireland are 11/8 to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals in Russia, while Northern Ireland can be backed at 6/1, Scotland at 7/2 and Wales at 6/4.

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