Warren Gatland admits 'mixed emotions' following Lions triumph

Warren Gatland walks from the pitch after series win over Australia on July 6, 2013
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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland reacts to his side's momentous victory over Australia.

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has admitted to feeling mixed emotions following his side's triumph over Australia.

The 49-year-old described his side's performance as "outstanding", but confessed that the series has been tough due to the criticism he has received over his team selection.

"I've got very mixed emotions. The last three or four days have been pretty hard. It was a tough call to leave Brian O'Driscoll out," BBC Sport quotes him as saying.

"You always doubt decisions you make, but you have to make those hard calls. I have taken a bit of flack.

"It was about the boys today and winning the series. It was an outstanding performance. We started well, came under some pressure and bounced back."

The Lions ran in four tries at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney to record an historic 41-16 victory over the Wallabies.

Tommy Bowe scores a try for the Lions against Force on June 5, 2013
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