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ATMOSPHERE: Randolph. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

ATMOSPHERE: Randolph. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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ATMOSPHERE: Randolph. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Darren Randolph admits that the Ireland side have a lot of work to do before they can make home rule count and have Dublin as a fortness again.

Randolph, then a West Ham player, made his competitive debut for Ireland on one of the most memorable nights of the last decade, the 1-0 win over Germany in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Recent home form, especially in competitive games, has been poor and with Georgia coming to Dublin 4 tonight, the keeper is eager for that to change.

"Ideally we'd love that to be the case, where teams would hate coming here," says the keeper ahead of what will be his 36th senior cap tonight.

"But we have beaten some of the top teams here.

"Nights like Germany are brilliant, but they don't come around too often.

"We would love them to come around every home game.

"I agree if we were able to turn the Aviva into a fortress, to make it a difficult place for teams to come to, it would obviously help us and go in our favour."

The structure of the Euro 2020 qualifiers makes for an odd calendar, with two games in the space of four days and then nothing until June, when Ireland travel to Denmark.

The Danes have yet to play in this group, as they travel to Switzerland tonight, but Randolph feels that a six-point haul from two games would be a statement from Ireland.

"I don't know if it's a must, but it would definitely help, the first two games, getting six points on board," he says.

Confidence

"It would be good for confidence going forward to get two wins from two, six points going into the summer games.

"This is going to be a totally different test to Gibraltar. They're a physical side, technically very good. We'll have to approach the game differently than the Gibraltar game.

"We've played them a few times in the past, we've only just narrowly beaten them a few times in the past, we know it tough it will be," added Randolph, who studied Georgia in last week's home loss to Switzerland.

"They are not a terrible team, they're a good team with good technical players who make it difficult for anybody.

"In the second half, Switzerland managed to score and a second one late on, they've played Scotland and Wales. They will make it difficult for teams, they're a decent team and will make it tough for us."


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