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Irish wise to our tricks: Shaun Maloney

By Andy Newport

Published 11/06/2015

Danger: Shaun Maloney has been a threat from set-pieces
Danger: Shaun Maloney has been a threat from set-pieces

Shaun Maloney does not think the Republic of Ireland will be fooled again by another Scottish set-piece ploy.

The Chicago Fire playmaker proved to be the Dark Blues' match-winner the last time the teams met in November.

He swept home the only goal of the game at Celtic Park after a clever corner routine with Scott Brown cut the Irish defence wide open.

But with the teams set to do battle again in Saturday's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin, Maloney believes Martin O'Neill will have his team on red alert for any more Scottish slight of hand.

The 32-year-old said: "I think it will be a similar match to the last one but I can't see a set-piece like that happening again.

"Have we got any more tricks up our sleeves? We haven't actually started working on the set-pieces yet but I just can't see that happening again, there is so much footage on every team nowadays. It was a special moment for the team and myself but I'm hoping there's going to be more and a positive end to the qualifying campaign.

"That goal hasn't really been shown much out in the US where I'm playing at the moment so I haven't really watched it. I haven't seen it since that night. After moments like that, sleeping is a bit of a struggle. But I hope that it means something will come at the end of the group.

"We'd take any of our players to score the winner in Saturday's game. It's such an important match for both sides.

"It doesn't matter how you score - whether you play brilliantly as a team or you're solid and get a set-piece goal, we'd take either."

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