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Trapattoni regrets dropped points

Richard Dunne, Stephen Hunt and Robbie Keane
The Republic of Ireland dropped two points at home to Bulgaria

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni admitted his side let two World Cup points slip in Saturday's 1-1 qualifying draw at home to Bulgaria.

The Irish had led for most of the match before Bulgaria equalised through a Kevin Kilbane own goal.

"We could have scored a second goal and won the game," said Trapattoni.

"Bulgaria had lots of possession but we had the best situations. They kept the ball well but Doyle, Keane and McGeady all had chances."

Richard Dunne, who headed the Republic's goal in the first minute, said they were disappointed.

"We started really well and really should have been pushing on," said the Manchester City defender.

"I think for us, we had to keep the seven-point gap on Bulgaria - minimum.

"We are disappointed not to get the points, but we are still in a good position.

"We have said all along we do not fear Italy, so we feel we can go there on Wednesday and get a result."

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