Roy: Up to us to get Lansdowne Roar back
ROY Keane says it's time for Ireland to to re-establish Ireland's strong home record and bring back the spirit of the old Lansdowne Road.
Since the Irish national team set up home in the Aviva Stadium in 2010 the record has been poor, with nine defeats and just five home competitive wins at the venue - and all of those against minnows or lower-ranked sides (Andorra, Macedonia, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan).
Keane came into the Ireland team in the early '90s when the record at the Dublin 4 venue was outstanding and a Republic side featuring Keane were unbeaten at Lansdowne until Spain earned a 3-1 win at the venue in 1993, and the current assistant manager wants to see those days back again.
"Lansdowne was pretty hostile - and that was for the home team as well, with the pitch and it was usually quite windy for some reason. It was hostile," says Keane.
"The Aviva? It's a nice set-up, a big pitch and, looking at the record, teams over the last few years seem to have enjoyed themselves and we have to put a stop to that.
"You can't expect the fans to automatically get behind the team, I hope they do and to be fair the Irish fans do, but it's up to the players to perform, make a few tackles and get shots, goals, which will get the fans behind them
"So there is a responsibility on the players and manager to make sure that we are right at it, if you are performing the fans will get behind you," added Keane.