Belfast Telegraph

Brady keen to deliver the goods for Republic of Ireland

By Damien Spellman

Robbie Brady has vowed to spend the next two months honing his dead-ball skills as he prepares for a specialist role at the Euro 2016 finals.

The 24-year-old Norwich midfielder has been entrusted with the bulk of the Republic of Ireland's set-pieces in recent times and is set to retain what he knows is a key job for Martin O'Neill's men in France.

Brady said: "My job in the team is to take set-pieces, so it's vitally important for me to be on point, especially going into such a tournament like this when that could be the difference.

"If I keep putting it in good areas, we have got a great chance of scoring. I'll be practising now until the summer and hopefully I can put in a few to remember."

Brady did just that on Friday night when his second-minute corner was helped on by defender Shane Duffy for his central defensive partner Ciaran Clark to score the only goal in a 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium.

He said: "All credit to the two lads. Big Duffy is a massive presence and he has been putting his head on things since I've known him. I knew if I put it in a good area, he can get a touch. Clarky was on the move at the same time and he did well to put it in."

Brady and his team-mates will now turn their attention to tomorrow's clash with Slovakia in Dublin before returning to their clubs and, in his case, to the fight for Premier League survival.

However, they will do so with just one recognised front man.

Stoke striker Jon Walters has had to admit defeat in his efforts to shake off a slight hamstring strain, while Kevin Doyle suffered a nasty gash to his shin.

His replacement, Daryl Murphy, has been ruled out with a tight calf and, with Robbie Keane's knee problem showing no signs of abating, Shane Long is the only remaining striker.

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