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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 12, 2006

Staunton vows to learn from touchline ban

Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton admits he regrets landing a one-game touchline ban but does not expect his absence to hamper chances of victory in Cyprus on October 7.

The 37-year-old was dismissed from the dug-out in the Euro 2008 qualifying loss to Germany on September 2.

He kicked a bottle of water in anger with 15 minutes of the game remaining and was admonished by referee Luis Medina Cantalejo.

Staunton will now be forced to watch from the stands when the Republic head to Nicosia next month.

'Of course I regret it,' Staunton said at the FIFA World Cup Symposium in Berlin.

'It was a silly thing to do. It was just my frustration on the night. I felt my players had done enough to get a point for us. The lads put in a strong, a good performance.

'(But) I learned from it. It has happened, it is gone, it's history and there is nothing I can do about it. I got the one-match ban and I just have to get on with it.'

Staunton remains confident his troops can cope with his absence.

'It is not a nice thing to happen but I don't think it is going to affect us in any way,' he added.

'I'll be there to train them for the three or four days that we've got them and in the end there is not a lot I can do anyway once they cross that white line. So I am expecting another strong, positive performance.'

The former Republic defender had come under fire following a 4-0 home trashing at the hands of Holland in mid-August.

His players responded with a strong performance against Germany, losing just 1-0, yet Staunton feels the pressure has not eased.

'There is pressure with every job,' he stressed.

'If you don't win games there is pressure with it. You just have to take it and get on with it.

'We have to go to Cyprus and win and that is all we can do. We have to get a win really if we are going to do anything in this group.

'We have to work on our attacking play. We just have to have the confidence to go to the next level where we go and pass the ball better.'

Staunton admitted he was impressed by Germany's 13-0 trashing of San Marino - even though he does not consider the three-time World Cup winners invincible.

'Every team can be beaten,' he stated.

'We put it up to the Germans, particularly in the first half, and I think it shocked them a little bit.

'They are a very strong team and they are on a roll. Once you get a roll going of winning games you feel invincible and that is where the Germans are at this moment of time.'

Staunton is currently enjoying a three-day break in Berlin where he is participating in a FIFA/UEFA coaching workshop.

'It is fantastic for my development to come here and you've got all the top coaches in the world,' he added.

'I can only learn from them, their ideas and whatnot. Hopefully over the next couple of days I will pick up a few points.'

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