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Friday 15 December 2017

Winning now a habit for Brady

Robbie Brady in action Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Brady in action Photo: Sportsfile

A stunning run of pre-tournament form counted for little for Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland side at Euro 2012, so those in the know should not get too excited about the fact that Friday's 1-0 over Switzerland extended the Republic's good run of clean sheets and wins at home.

But for Robbie Brady, that good record will build confidence as thoughts start creeping away from the friendly games to the more meaty stuff in France in June. Since that 1-1 draw at home to Scotland last summer, Martin O'neill's side have plundered four wins from four games at Lansdowne Road, without conceding a goal, good news for Brady.

"Pick up little wins like this and you'll get into a winning mentality and bring it into the Euros," Brady said, reflecting on last week's win over the Swiss which leads into tomorrow's battle with a Slovakia side who have failed to even score on their previous two visits to Dublin.

"Every one of the games over there in France is a cup final. I know we've got some big teams in the group but we've turned big teams over before. We will be ready for the occasion and are looking to upset a few.

"We want to work hard, it is bred into us, working hard for each other. We get on well on and off the pitch and work hard for each other.

"The main aim is to win, if we win everyone is happy. It's always good if you can add a performance to that but winning comes first. Performances come after," added Brady.

Assist

The Norwich man claimed yet another assist in his Ireland career as his corner set up that winning goal for Ciaran Clark.

Brady is certain to make the squad for France and, barring injury, he will start against Sweden at the Stade de France though Martin O'Neill does not see the left-back slot nailed down for one man, as the boss showed by starting Stephen Ward in that position for the first of the recent double headers (Germany at home and then Bosnia away) but slotting Brady into the full-back position for the second game.

Brady's delivery from dead ball situations is a big asset for him to have but the ex-Hull man plays that down.

"I don't think it's all me, it's just my job to put it in an area," he says.

"Big [Shane] Duffy done unbelievable to keep it alive, he's a big presence in the box, a real danger man in there. I just put it in there, he kept it alive," added Brady.

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