Wednesday 26 October 2016

'We need to play like did in the second half against Poland,' reveals Keane

Shay Given
Shay Given

ROY Keane has echoed Martin O'Neill's claim that the way forward for Ireland is contained in the second-half performance against Poland at the Aviva in March.

But Keane stressed that simply identifying that spell as a standard to strive for and beat against Scotland is easy, matching it on a match-by-match basis is the hard part.

"I think it's easier said than done. I think the second half against Poland was pretty good, we were on the front foot, very attack-minded and players were being brave, braver in possession," said Keane.

"Throughout the campaign, we'd say, listen, this was pretty good, that wasn't good but that's what happens at club level, in the Premier League or even League of Ireland. That's what you always chase, that consistency, can you perform over 90 minutes.

"We'll try and do that, that is what we're always trying to do.," he added.

Keane is pleased with the progress of preparations and is confident that Martin O'Neill can deliver a team to start against Scotland in peak condition.

"It's no good here peaking on a Thursday morning in Malahide. We need to peak at 5.0 on Saturday. We need to be ready for it. I don't get bogged down by that.

"Also, I don't want players strolling around the training pitch. You've got to get the balance right and when players know places are up for grabs, there's got to be an edge to training, of course there has, but don't go leaving it on the training ground either. "

"We've been trying to get the balance right in terms of peaking at the right time and not to overcook the players because they've had long, tough seasons.

"We just want them to give another big effort on Saturday. We're the home team, a big support behind us, it's important in terms of points in the table but from what I've seen in the players, we'll be ready for it.

"England was a decent friendly, as it goes, but this is the real stuff. There'll be more of an edge, a much better atmosphere. The lads will be under pressure and pressure is part of the game. If the pressure's a problem for you, then you're in the wrong game."

"We have a manager with vast experience, we've got a good mix, good experienced players. Shay (Given, pictured), John O'Shea, Robbie (Keane), Glenn Whelan, all these boys. They know the score."

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