Martin O'Neill extends Republic of Ireland contract

Martin O'Neill extends Republic of Ireland contract”

It is up for grabs now.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has compared Wales losing Gareth Bale to his side being without Seamus Coleman.

Michael O'Neill's players knew their place in November's play-offs was guaranteed less than an hour before kick-off in Oslo as Scotland's draw with Slovenia guaranteed the Northern Irish one of the play-off berths on offer.

A World Cup qualifying playoff spot is on the line at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday evening as the teams battle it out for second place in Group D. They are away against Norway, in Oslo, for their final game so if they lose, Ireland could match their total by beating the Welsh.

Stephen Ward. Had one of his better games on Friday and will hopefully take that confidence to Cardiff. If they don't buy into it, I'm dead in the water anyway. It's all to play for.

"The win was the most important thing". Whatever game plan we have we will utilise it the best we can. I'm delighted, I've enjoyed it immensely. worldwide football was something that i didn't know whether you'd get used to it or not.

Each side will have to do so without key personnel.

The win moves Ireland on to 16 points, one behind Wales in second and two behind leaders Serbia, who lost 3-2 to Austria. "He's a top-class player and will be missed by Wales", O'Neill said. We'll not make it easy for Wales'. He's been missing and in my mind, he's as big a loss to us as Gareth Bale is to Wales.

"Seamus is also a top-class player. We are too good to do that".

O'Neill will be able to call upon Robbie Brady and James McClean in Cardiff after both sat out against the Moldovans through suspension. Sam Vokes, meanwhile, gave a typically energetic performance, but he may be replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu to add a little more pace to the attack. Murphy's two goals against Moldova made the 34-year-old an unlikely talisman, but Long has not scored in 24 matches for club and country.

"It could be a physical game again and our players know that". "But for us, it won't be a mention". The two of them have a small exchange of views, and Gatcan headbutts him for no obvious reason and has to go.

The Republic were dominating possession with Wes Hoolahan prominent, but were often careless in promising positions and a further 10 minutes had elapsed by the time a relieved Cebanu saw O'Dowda's shot from the edge of the box fly into the side-netting. On that occasion the football was disappointing with few chances created at either end. Granted, the Nottingham Forest striker is hardly the most prolific of strikers himself, but if it comes down to the two, then Murphy must get the nod.

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