Ben Davies says some things ‘are better left’ after Matt Doherty penalty miss

Ben Davies says he has not contacted Tottenham team-mate Matt Doherty after his Euro 2020 play-offs penalty miss despair because “sometimes things are better left”.

Doherty and Davies will go head-to-head down the same flank on Sunday when the Republic of Ireland meet Wales in a Nations League Group B4 tie at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

The game comes just three days after the Republic’s Euro 2020 dream next summer died, Doherty sending a decisive shoot-out penalty against the crossbar for Slovakia to book a play-off final date with Northern Ireland.

Republic of Ireland v Wales – UEFA Nations League – League B – Group 4 – Aviva Stadium
Tottenham team-mates Matt Doherty, left, and Ben Davies have crossed swords on international duty before (Niall Carson/PA)

“I haven’t spoken to him since the penalty,” left-back Davies said of his new right-back colleague, who Spurs signed from Wolves this summer.

“Sometimes things are better left. But I get on really well with him.

“Since he’s come to Spurs he’s been excellent. We spoke about the game last week and it will be a good competitive match against them.”

The two sides have become familiar foes and this will be their fifth meeting in just over three-and-a-half years.

Slovakia v Republic of Ireland – UEFA Euro 2020 – Play-Offs – Semi Final – Narodny Futbalovy
Republic of Ireland players appear dejected during a penalty shoot-out defeat to Slovakia in Bratislava (Martin Baumann/PA)

The matches have always been spicy affairs and Republic captain Seamus Coleman spent 10 months out of the game after suffering a double leg break against Wales in March 2017.

“There is a lot of pride at stake and it’s a tough game every time we play Ireland,” said Davies, who is expected to wear the armband again after leading Wales in the 3-0 friendly defeat to England on Thursday.

“It was obviously terrible what happened (to Coleman) but these things happen in football.

“There’s a lot of new players in both squads now and I’d like to think that’s in the past.

Republic of Ireland v Wales – UEFA Nations League – League B – Group 4 – Aviva Stadium
Wales and the Republic of Ireland have had some heated battles in recent years (Liam McBurney/PA)

“I’ve played against Seamus a lot of times since his injury as well and he’s been a top guy on every occasion.

“There hasn’t been a single problem with me and him personally, and I don’t think there’s a problem between the Wales and the Ireland players either.

“They’re physical, tough opposition, and they work hard to make life difficult for you.”

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