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It's about time luck was on our side - Duff

DAMIEN DUFF feels that the Irish side are finally getting a rub of the green.

The Fulham man, who won his 92nd cap, played a key role in the 2-1 win over Armenia as it was Duff's cross which provided that back-heel from Kevin Doyle in the 43rd minute, which in turn caused Armenian defender Valeri Akeksanyan to put the ball into his own net.

Doyle may disagree as he was later sent off for a second bookable offence but there were elements of good fortune for the home side, such as the dismissal of Armenian keeper Roman Berezovski and then that own goal.

"Maybe we're getting a bit of luck at long last," said Duff. "People talk about 'the luck of the Irish' but I don't think we've had a lot of that down through the years, so hopefully that can carry on into the play-offs.



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"We move on to the play-offs now and I honestly don't care who we get as long as we are in Poland and Ukraine next summer.

"We were aware from the away game out there of how good a side Armenia were, but we could see last night again that they are a good side, they were no walkovers. It's a good three points and it's nice to get into the play-offs with a win.

"For our second goal, it was a nice bit of work by Aiden McGeady, he took his cross well," added Duff, aware that Ireland will have a striker shortage for the first leg of the play-offs, due to Doyle's suspension and the injury to Robbie Keane.

"Losing Kevin and Robbie for the first game in the play-off is a blow but, in saying that, Simon Cox came in last night and did well. Shane Long is on fire at club level so we have strength in depth."