We're almost certainly going to get a play off place anyway because of the results in the Nations League (I know that's weird because ours were terrible) and in the qualifying, if we end up third currently we would play Wales for the chance to play Bosnia or Northern Ireland in a final play off game. However our actual opponents (if we need a play off) would obviously change depending on results in the last couple of rounds of fixtures.We're the third best team in the group. If we finish third it would be completely normal. Obviously would be great if we had beat Georgia today but they were better than us on the day and they got a result against Denmark as well.
Is a playoff for third possible?
I agree. It's not an easy place to go and win. But when your obvious intention is to get a draw, it makes winning less likely !McCarthy doing what McCarthy does. Bore opponents to sleep and then try to nick it in the last 10 minutes, assuming the tactic hasn't backfired and you're already 3-0 down.
It's not an easy place to go and win though, especially when you're not blessed with the most talented pool of players. But I think the closing stages show Ireland could and should have been bolder for longer.