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Monday 23 October 2017

Martin O'Neill - let's go for glory against Poles

Irish boss calls on team to respond

24 March 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaking to members of the media in the Republic of Ireland Mixed Zone. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
24 March 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaking to members of the media in the Republic of Ireland Mixed Zone. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

MARTIN O'Neill has called on his players to put their cares and worries aside, pull a green shirt and go for it against Poland at the Aviva tomorrow.

"You can talk until you are blue in the face but what it boils down to is this. You go with confidence into the game. Real, serious confidence," said the Ireland boss.

"Put club football aside, if it's trials and tribulations with your club. Get that shirt on and go for it," he added.

O'Neill shrugged aside accusations from Poland throughout the week that Ireland are a physical, long-ball team without any subtlety and a fading force.

"It's not for me to retort but Poland are as physical a side as I have seen in some time," he said.

"Look, confidence is high at this minute. It should be. We're playing at home. Most of the crowd will be on your side, at least for a while.

"This is a big game, it's a big match for us and it's taken a long time to come around. Let's go for it."

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