Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that his side deserved to win in their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan last Friday, September 7.
The Boys in Green snatched a late victory over Kazakhstan in Astana with Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle scoring in the dying minutes of the game to overturn Kazakhstan's one-goal lead.
However, speaking ahead of his side's friendly game with Oman at Craven Cottage in London, the Italian coach was keen to stress that his side were deserving victors.
"Yes, we had a bit of luck, but we deserved luck," he said at AFC Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow, where Ireland trained on Sunday. "We deserved to win because our opponent didn't have many chances."
He continued: "I watched the game again this morning and in the first 15 minutes we could have gone 1-0 or 2-0 up. After the goal I asked this morning why we were a bit deflated.
"They didn't answer but we had a good return in the second half and we deserved to win because we had more chances."
Trapattoni also stressed that he had no issue with James McClean and said that the pair have 'moved on' from furore caused by the Sunderland winger's provocative Twitter outburst in the aftermath of Friday's victory. Nevertheless, he would not reveal if the player would be involved in the friendly against Oman.
"We spoke with [James McClean] and the other players. He was very apologetic," said the Ireland boss. "I repeat always with the players we must have many, many, many patience because they are young.
"We move on. No problem," he stressed.
A total of five players withdrew from the Ireland squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Oman, with John O'Shea, Darren O'Dea, Robbie Keane, Glenn Whelan and Jonathan Walters returning to their clubs.
Sean St Ledger suffered a knock to his knee and departed the session early while Aiden McGeady did not train with the rest of the panel with an FAI representative confirming that the Spartak Moscow winger was dealing with a 'family matter'. However, McGeady will report for duty as normal on Monday.
Trapattoni has taken the opportunity to include Reading defender Alex Pearce and Manchester United winger Robbie Brady in his squad and hinted that he would play them in the game. He also confirmed that Kevin Doyle is likely to captain the side.
"We need to understand their attitude," said Trapattoni. "We have another opportunity with the new players, they have a chance. They see us and show us why they deserve to be here.
"Robbie [Brady] is very technical and creative. He is very quick and he sees the ball well. I think he can be a very important player for us.
The Italian tactician also dismissed the notion that he was struggling to cope with the pressure that has accompanied the Irish team since their elimination from Euro 2012. Reminding reporters of the team's limitations, Trapattoni harked back to the 5-2 defeat administered to Ireland by Cyprus during the reign of Steve Staunton in 2006.
He said: "You don't know how many years I was under pressure. It's a new campaign, we lost to Italy and Spain... I don't know.
"We are not Real Madrid, Argentina, or Bayern Munich or England or also Germany," emphasised the Ireland manager.
"We are Ireland and we also have to think about the fact that three or four years ago... Cyprus... remember?"
The Republic of Ireland face Oman at Craven Cottage in London on Tuesday September 11.
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