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Martin O'Neill confident Ireland can win in Cardiff

09 Octubre 2017, 07:44 | Martinez Canez

James McCarthy is only fitness concern for Ireland ahead of Moldova clash tomorrow

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena Tbilisi Georgia 2/9/2017 Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James Mc Clean and Shane Long with Referee Ivan Kruzliak

However, victory over Moldova quickly restored faith and Martin O'Neill's men know that only three points against Wales on Monday night will suffice.

"It was all about Tom - he was fantastic", said Coleman.

"It is a golden era".

Still, Ireland got the win they needed and now the trip to Cardiff holds real significance for the play-off spot.

But Coleman said: "I won't be expecting any of my players on cards to be holding back".

Northern Ireland's joy at reaching the play-offs was tempered by Chris Brunt's wild own goal in Norway ensuring the likes of Portugal could stand between them and a place in Russian Federation next summer. Murphy scores - A long crossfield ball finds Ward, he picks out Murphy's run into the box, and he loops a clever header back from where it came and just inside the far post.

He said: "Regardless of their result in Georgia today, we have to go and win the match".

"That's the way it's set up; it'll be such a good game".

The hosts are now placed second in Group D, a point adrift of table toppers Serbia.

That one-or-the-other scenario makes it all the more exciting for those watching on at home or in the stadium, but that's what Wales have been dreaming of for years, according to Coleman. "Big nights that we have had in the past - and in the recent past - it's fresh in the memory".

"I've always liked Callum O'Dowda ever since I watched him play in the U21's. We are too good to do that".

The 28-year-old Everton defender suffered a horrendous double leg break when the teams met in Dublin in March.

However, five consecutive draws for Chris Coleman's side have scuppered their hopes of automatic progression. It's another big game just like the big games we've already had. Players know we can rely on one another. It was unfortunate with Seamus, a disgusting situation for Seamus mainly. There won't be any talk from us even about Georgia, it's done, it's in the past.

Second-placed Wales can still win Group D - and automatic qualification to next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation - if they overcome the Republic of Ireland and leaders Serbia fail to beat Georgia at home on the same evening.

Results elsewhere will play their part in where both sides finish on Monday night, but Chris Coleman is asking his players to forget everything outside their own task.

He was in charge for Wales's famous victory over Belgium in the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016, and he also oversaw the Republic's 1-1 draw against Germany in October 2014.

"We've won the last three, three clean sheets and we've proven before when we're in that frame of mind we're a tough nation to stop". Among them Andy King's pass was continued to Joe Allen bait that can still be parried by Loria goalkeeper.

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