Simon Cox hails Republic of Ireland team-mates as 'heroes'

Republic of Ireland striker Simon Cox hailed his team-mates as "heroes" after they defeated Armenia to book their place in the Euro 2012 play-offs.

The downside from was Kevin Doyle's red card which means he will definitely miss the play-off first leg but Cox remained upbeat.

"It's an unbelievable night for Irish football," said West Brom striker Cox.

"We've got what we wanted which is a play-off place. Luck of the draw now and we'll take whatever comes."

Cox said that the Republic had played with the "biggest mentality that we could find.

"We played like heroes tonight, and we got the right result and the result we needed."

Looking ahead to next month's play-offs, Cox insisted past failures will not be in the Irish players' minds.

"We showed tonight we can play as well as anybody and as I said it'll be luck of the draw who we get, and we'll take them and we'll go full steam ahead into the game.

"We probably won't even think about France or any other play-off defeat that we've had."

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni also expressed contentment with his team's performance.

"We knew that we were meeting a great team tonight," added the Republic boss.

"Only our attitude, our mentality, our application and our belief in the system got us through tonight because in the first half we suffered very much."

Trapattoni expressed disappointment with Kevin Doyle's late sending off.

"I want to see it again. I immediately asked the linesman and he said he had used his elbow.

"But that's not Kevin Doyle."

The Republic have been seeded in the play-offs which will means they will avoid Portugal, Croatia and the Czech Republic in Thursday's draw in Poland.

Trapattoni's side will take on either Turkey, Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina or Montenegro in the games scheduled for 11 and 15 November.

The Republic boss said that his side must "accept whichever team" they land in the draw.

"The first and second teams in the table are always great teams," added Trapattoni.

"But I think it would be better to play the first game away and the second at home.

"We have only done 50% of the job because there is now the play-off."

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