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Ireland will look to put thoughts of Roy Keane’s beard and autobiography to one side when they take on European newcomers Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium later today.
Given the novice nature of their weekend opponents, the focus on the game, form a media and fan standpoint has not been 100% with the leaked Roy Keane book and his tasselled beard garnering the majority of headlines and attention.
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This is a fixture that Ireland expects to win, comfortably.
While the footballing public is expecting goals, the Irish manager, Martin O’Neill is slightly more pragmatic in his approach and will be giving Gibraltar the respect they deserve.
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“That’s exactly the message to the players,” O’Neill said. “You don’t want to be taking your eye off the ball. This is the important game for us.
“This is a game we have to win. Obviously, we have to win the game. But Poland found it difficult. They scored a host of goals towards the end of the game.
“They [Poland] said they’d found it difficult and I wasn’t sure what they meant until I watched the game. Honestly, Gibraltar did cause a problem or two.
“So this idea that it’s just all over? We’re expected to win the game, absolutely. And that’s why I cannot concentrate on anything else other than the game on Saturday.”
O’Neill got his first full qualifying campaign off to a winning start last month with a brace from Aiden McGeady securing a 2-1 win over Georgia. It ensured back to back wins for the first time in his reign and ensures that the Irish will head into the game full of confidence.
Assured they may be however they will be missing two of their key men with Everton duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy ruled out. Coleman misses out with a head injury sustained against Wolfsburg in the Europa league while McCarthy has a strained quad muscle while another to miss out is Shay Given (hip).
Gibraltar meanwhile will be playing their first competitive away game fresh from a 7-0 drubbing at home to Poland last time out. The amateurs did draw on their only other official away game sharing the spoils with Estonia.