'I'd rather not be man of the match' - Forde downbeat after Germany defeat

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper was named man of the match after the 3-0 loss to Germany, but was disappointed with the overall result
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper David Forde put in one of his 'best games ever' against Germany in Cologne on Friday night, but was left disappointed as the Boys in Green succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.

Speaking after the match, Forde was a man of mixed emotions. "It is definitely one of my best games ever," Forde admitted to the Irish Indepenedent. "It was one of those nights it went for me, but I was disappointed to lose and I'd rather not be man of the match.

"It was always going to be a difficult night, they had a big goal to get to a World Cup, whereas the manager had just come in and made changes to the team. It was always going to be hard."

Interim Ireland manager Noel King had made many changes to the starting XI he inherited from Giovanni Trapattoni, and handed Seamus Coleman the captain's armband on the full-back's 25th birthday. "Obviously I was delighted. It was a very good birthday present," Coleman said. "The result is obviously disappointing. But captaining my country is something I'll always have and it's a very proud moment."

The Everton defender was also pleased with the side's performance, especially after the Germans had beaten Ireland 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium in the home tie. "It was important not to come away and let the same thing happen," Coleman continued. "I know it was a 3-0 scoreline and our 'keeper was brilliant on the night, but I thought we played better tonight.

"We kept going but we were chasing the game at the end after they got the second goal. We did alright at times."

The Republic of Ireland face Kazakhstan on Tuesday, October 15 in their final World Cup qualifier.