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Three points the priority for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady

Updated: Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 23:28 | Comments

Aiden McGeady could win his 60th international cap on Friday
Aiden McGeady could win his 60th international cap on Friday

Aiden McGeady will take victory over the Faroe Islands however it comes.

The 27-year-old Spartak Moscow winger and his Republic of Ireland team-mates will run out at the Aviva Stadium for Friday night's World Cup qualifier against the Group C whipping boys brimming with confidence after securing a friendly draw with England at Wembley before thrashing Georgia 4-0.

In the circumstances, Ireland could be forgiven for expecting a summary dismissal of the Faroes with Giovanni Trapattoni's men having won 4-1 in Torshavn in October last year.

However, McGeady insists all that matters is the three points.

He said: "You don't want to disrespect the Faroes - it was a tough game when we played there and Sweden had a tough game there as well.

"First of all, we just want to win. If we can get some goals, then that would be nice, but first and foremost it's just trying to get the three points because it won't be easy.

"You look at when Sweden played them - they were drawing 1-1 up until the last five, 10 minutes of the game away from home.

"You are expected to go there and beat the Faroes like it's a pretty easy game, but it's not. These guys will play football and they can make it very difficult for you.

"The first half especially for us over there was difficult. We played okay and we got some goals in the end, but the pressure is obviously going to be on us on Friday.

"Of course you have to be patient because you don't want to be getting ahead of yourself after 15 minutes and the whole crowd and everyone in the place expecting to be two or three goals up.

"It could take until the 85th minute to get a goal. Who knows what the game is going to be like on Friday? But just as long as we get a good result."

The Faroes took the lead against the Swedes four days before Ireland met them, and were clinging on to a point until Zlatan Ibrahimovic spared the visitors' blushes with a late winner.

On the same evening, Ireland were hammered 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium by group leaders Germany, a traumatic experience which very nearly cost Trapattoni his job.

Almost eight months on, a measure of the confidence which was stripped away by that debacle has been restored with the results against England and Georgia providing evidence of a significant recovery.

McGeady said: "We can take a good bit of confidence from that, the two games. Just rewind three months ago - there wasn't a whole lot of confidence behind the team after the Germany game and the Faroes game, was there?

"We had a couple of decent performances against Sweden and Austria - we probably should have won against Austria - and then we have had a couple of good games here.

"Obviously the mood in the camp now is pretty positive."

The game will almost certainly see captain Robbie Keane break the Irish appearance record he currently holds jointly with retired goalkeeper Shay Given.

It would be his 126th senior international cap and that, coupled with his 56 goals, demonstrate the key role the 32-year-old has played for his country for the last 15 years or so.

McGeady said: "He's a great leader, he's very good for all the players. He's still got a great attitude and a great work ethic.

"Obviously, he has done so much in his career, before you meet guys like that you think they could maybe be a bit big-time and above other players, or think they are.

"But he is not at all, he's totally down to earth and he's great with everyone in the squad.

"Every time there's a game, you expect him to score. His record at international level is phenomenal, and you can't begrudge him that.

"He is going to be the record caps holder, the record goalscorer by a long way, so he is obviously a fantastic player to have in your team, and has been for a long time."

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