Smith reflects on Irish conversion rate against Spain

Darren Smith said he felt a “little hollow” after his Irish side had plenty of good things to reflect on from their Tri-Nations game against Spain but ultimately fell 2-1 to hand the visiting side the honours from the first of four series this week.

Speaking to Declan Hughes after the game, the Irish head coach pointed to the high volume of chances in the first half before his side succumbed to two sucker-punches in the 52nd and 62nd minutes.

“We probably created 10 good opportunities in the first half but weren’t clinical enough to take them,” he said Spain got a couple of relatively good goals but we probably didn’t defend them as well as we would have liked.

“We are disappointed with the loss but relatively happy with how many chances we created and some of the things we did on the pitch.

“We need to look at our conversion rate. I haven’t seen the stats yet but I would imagine we had three or four times the opportunities on goal and when you don’t convert those, you can feel a little hollow afterwards because we did play some good hockey.”

** You can hear the full interview in the Soundcloud widget as well as words from Deirdre Duke. Spain play France today in Belfield at 4pm while Ireland meet France once again tomorrow afternoon at 4pm at the same venue before playing Spain on Monday night once again.

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