Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Vincent De Villiers
Июня 7, 2017

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has been ruled out of Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Austria.

"They have to come and try and win the game to get into it, it's up to us to try and keep that points differential between us".

O'Neill said: "Despite the fact that they didn't cover themselves in glory in the Euros themselves, their qualification was really, really fantastic, so I thought they would have a point to prove starting off in the World Cup qualification games".

"They were strong favourites that night and that was only a few months ago, so they might be disappointed with their haul of points at the moment".

Austria will be without their influential Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic, who is suspended, while Red Bull Salzburg's Andreas Ulmer is unavailable because he is getting married this weekend.

Given that Wales, who are tied with the Austrians on seven points, travel to Group D leaders Serbia - who along with Ireland, have 11 points - on Sunday, it could prove to be a pivotal day in the campaign. I think Jeff can do it'.

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"Because so many times down throughout the years, situations like that seem to develop and it's exactly the opposite when you get on to the field of play". The forward sat out training on Tuesday and has now left the camp.

"I don't want us to get into a mindset that because they have to win, that we can hit them on the break".

"It was important for us to play some games because the Championship had finished so very early, so we had done a little bit of training down in Cork and then we had the friendly game against Mexico".

"With some of the Premier league players playing for us against Uruguay, it was a confidence booster, but I think that I was happy with the preparation and I think that it was important to us".

"He can play a central role which I think he prefers and, if you've got two holding players, playing in front of them doesn't present a problem". Big players for us whatever you say.

"You have to try to accumulate points along the way. At the minute, we are doing fine, but the second half is the real business end of things and we have to really, really just be on our mettle, be very, very strong". I think we just have to dismiss that, genuinely, dismiss that.

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