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Saturday 18 August 2018

Georgia's skipper has Ireland scalp on his mind

GEORGIA defender Guram Kashia has promised Irish fans that his team will show their true face against Martin O'Neill's men in Tbilisi tomorrow.

The Georgians slumped to a 4-0 loss to Ireland in a friendly in Dublin last year, a harrowing experience for Dutch-based defender Kashia, but he says there will be no repeat of that.

"You beat us very heavily in Dublin last year but that was not our true side. We had our goalkeeper sent off early, this game will be different," Kashia (pictured, above) told The Herald in Tbilisi last night. "It's our first game in qualification. We have home advantage and we are going for a win. We respect Ireland and I am not going to talk about their weaknesses because I don't want to give anything away.

"But we have done our work and we will be ready. We need to be strong and it will be a hard.

"Ireland are very strong in the air and it will be a battle, but it is a battle we can win," added the Vitesse Arnhem man.

Meanwhile, Shay Given, a survivor of Ireland's win here in 2003, has warned his team-mates to expect a tough night in Tbilisi, with fears over the heat eased as the city was doused in a downpour of rain last night.

"It's a hard place to play and the lads who have not played there before will have to grow up fast," says Given (pictured, above). "It's a spicy atmosphere. Georgia are at home for the first game in a new campaign and they will want to qualify.

"It was a tough night in Tbilisi that time, it will be a testing atmosphere."

GEORGIA defender Guram Kashia has promised Irish fans that his team will show their true face against Martin O'Neill's men in Tbilisi tomorrow.

The Georgians slumped to a 4-0 loss to Ireland in a friendly in Dublin last year, a harrowing experience for Dutch-based defender Kashia, but he says there will be no repeat of that.

"You beat us very heavily in Dublin last year but that was not our true side. We had our goalkeeper sent off early, this game will be different," Kashia told The Herald in Tbilisi last night.

Respect

"It's our first game in qualification. We have home advantage and we are going for a win. We respect Ireland and I am not going to talk about their weaknesses because I don't want to give anything away.

"But we have done our work and we will be ready. We need to be strong and it will be a hard.

"Ireland are very strong in the air and it will be a battle, but it is a battle we can win," added the Vitesse Arnhem man.

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