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Monday 11 December 2017

Andrews’ focus on beating champs

KEITH ANDREWS insists that Ireland must forget about keeping an eye on the other results in Group C of Euro 2012 and focus on the job at hand – beating Spain in Gdansk on Thursday night.

The Spanish come into the game against Ireland with a record of just one defeat in major finals or in |qualifying since 2006, making |this the toughest test possible for Ireland.

A draw for Ireland would at least lift morale ahead of the final group game against Italy and keep alive the faint hope of qualification for the group stages.

But for Andrews, Ireland's players must simply stick to the task of beating Spain to make sure that an early exit is avoided.

“A draw in the other game in the group between Italy and Spain isn't a bad result for us despite the fact that we lost.

“But we need to take care of our own business, we need two positive results in the next two games and need results to fall for us,” Andrews told the Herald today.

“But we can't worry about anyone but ourselves, we just have to get ourselves right

RESULT

“We knew the result of the Spain-Italy game before we played the other night, but we'll look at Spain in more detail before we play them.

“I don't think we did much to worry Spain and Italy on Sunday and we've left ourselves with an uphill task to qualify.

“We need to bounce back, we have to do it for the fans who were amazing the other night.

“It won't be for lack of effort, we are very deflated and very down at the moment.

“But we'll regroup, we'll look |at the game again and see where we went wrong, where we can tweak it and do things differently on Thursday,” added the midfielder.

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