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O'Neill: Onus on Ireland to perform
28 Mar 2015 15:03
Martin O’Neill admits that the onus is on Ireland to perform at the Aviva Stadium in Sunday’s EURO 2016 qualifier (7.45pm, live on RTÉ2), and that defeat to Poland would put a serious dent in the team’s chances of automatic qualification.
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And the Ireland manager believes that the key to victory over the group leaders is making sure that the players are motivated, know their job, and more importantly, do the job that has been asked of them.
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“This is a big, big match, especially after losing against Scotland,” said O’Neill. “We need to win the ball, use it properly and try to create something during the course of the game.
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“The onus is on us, as the home side, to do that and I’m hoping the rest will follow.”
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Ireland are currently fourth in Group D, three points behind Sunday’s opponents and a defeat to Poland would cast Ireland adrift in the race for automatic qualification with Germany and Scotland both likely to win on Sunday evening.
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“I’ve said all along that these home games we shape our destiny,” said O’Neill. “This is the first one of a group of games, nevertheless a very important one against a team that have started off brilliantly. It might not decide everything but it is very, very important.
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“If we were beaten, I think that would put a big dent in proceeding,” admitted O’Neill. "So we have to try to win the game.”
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