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Friday 9 December 2016

Sorry Moldovans are hoping for a lift

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward

A crisis-ridden Moldova side have apologised to their fans for their horror show against Serbia on Thursday and have vowed to put things right against Ireland in Chisinau tomorrow night.

Ireland's next opponents suffered a serious blow to their morale with a 3-0 loss at home to Serbia and they badly need a lift ahead of their game at home to Martin O'Neill's men tomorrow evening (7.45pm).

"All I can do is apologise to our fans for what they had to witness, it really hurt," midfielder Eugeniu Cebotaru said.

"What we have to do now is get ready for the Ireland game but if we play tomorrow like we did on Thursday, we won't get a good result."

Meanwhile, ahead of yesterday's flight to Moldova, Irish defender Stephen Ward says he has faith in the members of Ireland's squad who will have to fill in, with Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady out and Shane Long carrying a knock.

"It's disappointing to lose a couple of lads but it's a chance for other lads to come in and stake their claim, we will be ready, we have a good bunch of lads and we'll go there confident of getting the points," said Ward.

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