O'Neill thanks Ireland fans for 'phenomenal' support
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill felt Ireland just needed to hang on "for seven or eight more minutes" in order for French frustration to grow and their nerves to affect them.
O'Neill was delighted with Ireland's superb first-half performance, saying "we did splendidly, absolutely splendidly."
Reflecting on a disappointing second half, the Ireland manager said "we just lost a bit of concentration" but was quick to point out that France are an excellent team.
O'Neill paid a glowing tribute to his team saying, "physically, the players put absolutely everything into all of the games. It was a brilliant effort by the team."
O'Neill reserved a special word of praise for Ireland's supporters, thanking them for their "phenomenal" support.
RTÉ reporter Tony O'Donoghue then rightly told the Ireland manager "you've lifted the nation's spirits," a comment that O'Neill showed great appreciation for.
Ireland's goalscorer Robbie Brady said: "It has been an amazing journey. I already can't wait for the World Cup. Standing there at the end listening to the supporters was unbelievable."