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Friday 2 December 2016

Forget Georgia, we'll only be thinking about winning points tonights, reveals Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson at Ireland squad training
Marc Wilson at Ireland squad training

Marc Wilson insists that Ireland won't have Georgia on their minds this evening as they want to keep their focus on the job in hand.

By the time Ireland kick off against Gibraltar here in Faro, the Irish players and management will know the outcome of the Georgia-Scotland game in Tbilisi, where a slip-up by the Scots could really open up the door for Ireland to get back into contention for qualification.

In the twitter age it's hard to avoid those goal updates but Stoke City man Wilson says he won't get distracted by events in Tbilisi.

"I don't think we need to be looking at it. I think we have to concentrate on ourselves and look for six points. We just concentrate on ourselves and go for the six points," Wilson said ahead of that double header away to Gibraltar (tonight) and at home to Georgia (Monday).

"Tbilisi is not an easy place to go. Depending on the night, how hostile the place is and in terms of what team Scotland put out, I don't think it will be an easy game for them. Me personally, I think it will be a tough game, as we found out ourselves.

"Georgia have got nothing to lose. And they've got a few decent little players in the team. They could turn up with a shock - hopefully," Wilson added.

Despite Gibraltar's status as the team with the worst results overall in Euro 2016, Ireland have been watching the men from the Rock and have done their homework.

"They could have scored a couple of goals against Germany. We sat down and we watched that," Wilson says of Gibraltar's home game with the Germans, a 7-0 loss.

"We've watched quite a bit on them. We are concentrating on this game first."

Match sharpness is a concern for Martin O'Neill with some of his key players getting little game time this season, Wilson one of those worries. He picked up a knock in pre-season with Stoke and while is now fit again, he's battling to win back his place.

"I'm still playing catch up with some of the boys but over the last couple of weeks, I feel good again," he says, hoping to get the nod from O'Neill to start tonight.

"I think I'm fully fit yeah but obviously you've got to respect the manager's decision at the end of the day. He's the one who picks the team and I'm happy to be part of the squad you know. Our objective from day one is to qualify, if the manager decides to pick someone else, I'll wish them all the best."

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