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Republic of Ireland have all to play for against Kazakhstan - Noel King

15 October 2013 10:29
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Republic of Ireland have all to play for against Kazakhstan - Noel King

LONDON. October 15. KAZINFORM Noel King, the interim manager, will send the Republic of Ireland out against Kazakhstan under orders to end a disappointing campaign by giving themselves a head-start for the next one.

Victory at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday could see Ireland included among the second group of seeds for the Euro 2016 qualifying draw as they attempt to bounce back from their failure to make it to the World Cup finals in Brazil.

As a result, while there is little tangible at stake in terms of their Group C standing, there is still much for which to play.

King said: "If we win and a couple of other matches go accordingly, we will be a second seed, so it's huge, there's huge pressure on it. The boys will be aware of this and in terms of seeding for the next group, seeding is critical. If you can get a second seed, well that would be great, better than great. It gives you a real opportunity of qualifying for the tournament."

Kazakhstan collected their fifth point with a 1-1 draw in the Faroes on Friday as the Republic lost 3-0 in Germany. Asked if he would be embarrassed if he did not emerge with a victory, King said: "It depends on the manner of game.

"The expectation is, because of Ireland who we are, we think we are the greatest thing since sliced pan, we do and I do myself.

"If I was sitting in the stand, I'd be saying, 'We'll beat Kazakhstan.' But I'm not. We are here, we have a game to get on. We have got to start it, you don't know what happens.

"Would it be an embarrassment for me? If we apply ourselves and do well and do the basics correctly and we were beaten, no I wouldn't be embarrassed. That's football, you have got to live with that. But if we didn't perform and didn't do the approach and weren't dominant in phases, then I would be hugely upset.

"Would I be embarrassed? No, because I am an honest, hard-working coach from Dublin and, if I do the right things and I keep my honour and the boys apply themselves, then I have no difficulty with that."

King is likely to make changes to the side who played in Cologne but has indicated he will keep faith with the 4-2-3-1 formation he adopted at the RheinEnergieStadion.

Robbie Keane, who missed out in Germany with an ankle injury, should be available following his return to training, while the defenders Richard Dunne and John O'Shea will come into the reckoning after suspension.

King says his players will have to be ready to adapt to whatever comes their way from the Kazakhs. "They could have a stormer, we could be defending. If we have to defend, the boys will want to defend and defend well. Defending is a key point. People don't like it - I don't understand why - but it's a skill and done together as a group, it's a very strong skill."

Source: Guardian.co.uk

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