Republic of Ireland looking to utilise Robbie Brady's set-piece quality
Published 09/06/2016 | 08:26
Robbie Brady is happy to take on the pressure of providing the supply line for the Republic for Ireland at Euro 2016.
The 24-year-old Norwich man, whether in Martin O'Neill's team as a left-back or in a midfield role, will have the responsibility of taking the bulk of the set-pieces during the finals in France provided he shakes off - as he expects to - a minor back problem.
Brady, who scored Ireland's goal from open play in the 1-1 play-off draw in Bosnia-Herzegovina which set up their second-leg victory, caused major problems for the Netherlands from free-kicks and corners in the Republic's penultimate pre-tournament friendly, and he is hoping to do the same again.
He said: "There's always pressure on everything you do in a game, so if it is my job at the time to put in a good delivery, there's obviously going to be a little bit of pressure on me to do it.
"But I'm more than confident and more than comfortable now at this stage to think I will be able to put in a decent ball come the time. Hopefully next Monday if I get the chance, I can put in a decent ball for the lads to get on the end of."
Goals from open play have been at a premium for Ireland in recent fixtures and O'Neill knows that both the threat his team poses from attacking set-pieces and its ability to defend them at the other end will have a major say in how they fare over the next few weeks.
However, Brady's left foot is a major weapon and defender John O'Shea, who will be one of his main targets should both men start, is well aware of just how much of a threat the former Manchester United trainee can be.
O'Shea said with a smile: "He's finally fixed his left foot and started to put some decent balls in!
"No, look, Robbie's delivery is top-class; we are fully aware of that, and we know if we are making runs in the right places that the ball will generally find our heads.
"Whatever team the manager picks - there are other lads who put in fantastic balls - it's a case of making the right runs and causing teams problems and scoring goals."