'The fans are an absolute credit to the country and the team' - Keith Andrews

Boys in Green midfielder rues loss to La Roja but praises Irish fans for their enthusiasm in the face of defeat
Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews has paid tribute to the fans who travelled to Poland to cheer on the Boys in Green during Euro 2012, but admits that the team has only pride to play for in Group C.

Giovanni Trapattoni's team were beaten 4-0 by Spain in Gdansk in their Group C encounter with goals coming from Fernando Torres, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas.

Speaking to RTE after the game, Andrews expressed his disappointment with the result but immediately showered praise upon the travelling support.

"We shot ourselves in the foot again by conceding silly goals," said the Dubliner. "Spain are such a quality side and punish mistakes."

He added: "We are playing for pride [against Italy] now and for the fans who have travelled in their thousands to support us."

"[I'm] bitterly disappointed," continued the 31-year-old. "You could hear the fans here, they are an absolute credit to the country and the team."

"Unfortunately we weren't able to give the fans what they deserved," concluded the midfielder.

The Republic of Ireland take on Italy on Monday June 18 but the Boys in Green have been eliminated from Euro 2012