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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wes: We'll beat a path

Hoolahan: Irish habit of 'churning out' wins bodes well for Russia '18

Wes Hoolahan believes that the Republic of Ireland are on the right path to Russia 2018
Wes Hoolahan believes that the Republic of Ireland are on the right path to Russia 2018

Wes Hoolahan believes that Ireland's habit of scrapping for wins can carry them all the way to the World Cup finals.

After a six-point haul from qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, Ireland are joint top of the Group D table with Serbia and next month face a struggling Austrian side who have carried their poor Euro 2016 form into these World Cup qualifiers.

Hoolahan played a role in Sunday's 3-1 win in Moldova, setting up the opening goal for Shane Long and he sees a spirit in the side which can lead on to Russia.

"Obviously there's a long way to go, we just need to churn out results," says the Norwich City man.

"We didn't play well at home on Thursday but we still got the three points and that's the most important thing and Serbia was a great point. It's like the Euro campaign, winning 1-0, and hopefully we can go a long way.

"There are going to be disappointments in the group at some stage - you see Wales drawing with Georgia the other night. It's going to be a difficult group but at the moment, it's good.

"With the experience we had in France and getting out of the group stage and doing so well, we are looking forward to hopefully getting out of this group, which is a tough group, and qualifying for the World Cup."

Austria, who host Ireland next month, have just one clean sheet in their last 11 games and are already under pressure after a poor start to the group which saw them get one point from the last two games.

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