EURO 2016

Roy Keane puts the boot in after last night's defeat to Belarus

Roy Keane at the press conference in Fota Island today
Roy Keane at the press conference in Fota Island today

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was not pleased with the performance in Turner's Cross last night and he made sure to tell the press exactly what he thought of the players.

Ireland went down 2-1 to Belarus in their final Euro 2016 warm-up game and the Cork man was none-too-happy with how the side played.

Speaking at Fota Island, the former Manchester United captain admitted that a number of players who made Martin O'Neill's final 23 had not covered themselves in glory.

"We wanted to kill some of them last night," he said.

"They should be counting their blessing that they've managed to get on the flight.

"A reality check for one or two players who thought they were good players."

Aiden McGeady, who made the squad despite not playing much of late, got a special mention.

"Aiden, over the last few months, has had a taste of football at Sheffield Wednesday. I know he hasn't played the last few weeks," Keane added.

"He did take that decision to leave Everton and get some action whereas a lot of players sit around and think well it's not the right for me. You have to give Aiden some credit for that.

"Would Aiden find himself lucky to be on the flight?... well he'll need to play better than he did last night to force his way into the starting XI.

"Aiden has had good moments for Ireland, if you go back to the start of the group, Generally speaking, without overreacting the players that have made it have all played their part in helping us get there.

"If you want my reaction to Aiden's performance last night, he can do a lot better but maybe that's the story of his career."