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Kerr expects 'pragmatic' Gibraltar
04 Sep 2015 12:12
Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr expects a more pragmatic approach from Gibraltar tonight as they look to avoid another seven-goal mauling.
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The hosts have conceded seven on three occasions so far in the group and it is expected Ireland will win comfortably tonight in Faro.
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Kerr said there is little to take from the game for Martin O’Neill, but believes the new Gibraltar manager is likely to have a less ambitious plan than the previous fixture in Dublin.
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He said: “We should win the game well. There may be a little bit of an impact from the new coach Jeff Wood who has taken over. You would think he would play a more pragmatic style and try to tighten up defensively.
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"They have lost three games in the group already by a 7-0 score. They can't exactly say they are tight at the back by any means.
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“We should have too much quality no matter what tactical plan Wood comes up with. I presume Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Keane play, and James McClean, and possibly Jon Walters, with support from the full-backs Robbie Brady and Seamus Coleman.
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“All around the pitch we should have far too much quality and should win the match handy. We might have to be patient and wait for a while to break them down.”
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All eyes will be on Tbilisi at 5pm as Scotland travel to face Georgia. Ireland desperately need the Scots to drop points to boost chances of qualification for Euro 2016.
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Kerr is hopeful Georgia can finally mount a good performance in front of their own fans: “We got a late winner to beat them narrowly, Germany won 2-0, Poland won 4-0, but you would think they might be capable of getting one good home result and from our point of view let's hope they get it tonight.
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“It would certainly give us a helping hand.”
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