Man of the Match Harry Arter tackles the bigger picture despite that late Netherlands equaliser

Midfielder was impressive against the Dutch and enjoyed his role

Harry Arter, Ireland, Netherlands

Ireland's Harry Arter tackles Holland's Kevin Strootman ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

After putting in a performance to earn the official Man of the Match award, Harry Arter was not overly deflated with having to settle for a draw against the Netherlands tonight.

The Oranje struck late to deny Ireland a 1-0 win, but it was a performance with plenty of positives for Martin O'Neill's men - one of them being Bournemouth midfielder Arter. 

While conceding late on is a disappointment, Arter is taking in the bigger picture.

"Of course, it matters because you don't want to concede goals," he replied after the match when asked if that late Luuk De Jong goal was a concern going forward.

"It's a habit you don't want to get used to but we I think we have to recognise the Dutch are an unbelievable side. They're not going to the Euros but if they were going, I'd have no doubt  that they'd be seen as one of the favourites for the tournament. They're a great side and give it another day, we could have held on tonight."

Arter was also comfortable with his role in the midfield diamond shape, which saw Glenn Whelan play deepest, with Arter and Quinn flanking him in the middle, as David McGoldrick occupied the hole.

"I'm used to playing in that position, in a two or a little bit higher up the pitch. It wasn't new to me really, so I felt happy with how it went," he said.

And with the clock ticking to the midnight May 31st deadline to make the 23-man squad, Arter says he is thriving off the pressure. 

"It's good pressure. I feel fortunate and lucky enough to be in that position. I don't see it as pressure. I see it as a challenge and I'm so lucky to have that chance. So I'm pleased to get the nod," he said.