With the dust barely settled on the Republic of Ireland's draw with Sweden in Gothenburg, and the muscles still aching, Katie McCabe looked ahead to the next job on the list.

It's Georgia in June for Ireland as they keep chasing a place in the play-offs for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The group minnows shouldn't cause major issues for Vera Pauw's charges; they were hammered 11-0 in Tallaght and Sweden put 15 past them last Friday.

Still, focus is key for McCabe who is taking nothing for granted.

"Yes, we'll take the point here, but now the full focus will be on Georgia and getting the three points out there," she said.

"It's going to be a difficult game, it's not easy. We can look at the scorelines but Georgia are going to put up a real big fight against us and make it really difficult. We've got three massive games now, but we'll be taking it game by game."

McCabe's deflected strike put Ireland ahead at the Gamla Ullevi stadium just before half-time on Tuesday evening. Kosovare Aslanni levelled 11 minutes from time but the Irish held firm.

"It was great to go in 1-0 up but we knew the second 45 it was going to be even more difficult. They were going to come at us. We knew they would make changes and we had to prepare for that.

"For us it was all about remaining composed and we knew there was a long way to go in the game. We needed to stay in the game.

"It is hard to put into words," McCabe added when asked about the intensity of the Swedish pressure.

"It is something you learn as a team. Playing the high-ranked opposition teams last year, that really prepared us for those moments.

"It is a team effort, the mentality that you have, to not want to bite or go out and press if you get frustrated. It is difficult but that is our strength."

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McCabe has been around the Ireland panel since 2015. The significance of Tuesday's result was certainly not lost on the Arsenal star, who talked up the responsibility the players feel in terms of inspiring a new generation of talent.

"That's what this team is all about. The relationship we have with our fans, the interaction. That's what we want to create, we want to make sure we're visible to the younger generation - to aspire to be like us, and hopefully be even better than us when they get to our age. That connection we have with our fans is something special and I really want that to continue.

"It's down to what the players have done before us, what we're doing currently, the support we have from the FAI, really investing in grassroots football. It's only going one way."

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McCabe shared a moment with Stina Blackstenius at the final whistle. The clubmates had a laugh and a joke after what had been a bruising 90 minutes - friends again after the battle had ended.

"Myself and Stina have become great friends, I enjoy playing with her and I'd rather have her with me than against me because I know how dangerous she can be.

"We're good friends and we spoke beforehand about swapping shirts as number 11s. We’re not enemies any more, we will be team-mates preparing for Sunday.

"I’m happy she didn’t score, keeping those world-class players out is incredibly difficult. Credit to the girls at the back, the blocks and headers the three put in, they were fantastic. But it was a real team effort."