Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Fahey fully focused on Ireland

Keith Fahey

Keith Fahey insists Ireland need to look after themselves and not worry about their Euro 2012 rivals as they attempt to make their way to the finals.

Fahey's 76th-minute strike in Yerevan edged Ireland to a 1-0 win over Armenia in their Group B opener on Friday evening, and they will look to double their tally on Tuesday when Andorra head for the Aviva Stadium.

The visitors lost 2-0 to Russia in their first game and Fahey said: "It will be important to us to get the three points and finish the two games on six. We can't really be looking around at the other countries, but as a group it would be a great boost for the squad."

He added: "We will be looking to get three points - if we get three points, it will be a nice start to the group. But it will be a tough game - all international games are tough, and they will be hard to break down."

That is a message which has been drummed home by Giovanni Trapattoni and his staff, although few commentators expect the Irish to slip up after working so hard to get their first win on the board.

Fahey's contribution at the Yerevan Republican Stadium - it was his first goal at senior international level - proved decisive, but he does not know yet whether it was enough to earn him a first competitive start for his country against Andorra.

Trapattoni usually names his team the day before a game, and despite the Birmingham midfielder's presence in what might have been the line-up in a training ground game in Malahide on Sunday, he is none the wiser.

He said: "We haven't been given any indication at all I wouldn't read anything into it.

"It's great to be involved, but everyone wants to start. But I am sure the manager will pick the team he thinks is best for the game."

Trapattoni has had to come to terms during his reign to date with the fact that many of his players are not regulars in their club sides, and skipper Robbie Keane and vastly-experienced goalkeeper Shay Given have joined that group in recent times.

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