Wednesday 26 October 2016

Quinn hoping for another Ireland call

Published 12/06/2015 | 02:30

Stephen Quinn is hopeful that he will be given a start against Scotland
Stephen Quinn is hopeful that he will be given a start against Scotland

Stephen Quinn is hoping that his performance in Georgia at the start of the campaign will be enough to prove to Martin O'Neill that he is worthy of a start in Ireland's crunch qualifier against Scotland tomorrow.

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The Hull City midfielder also came off the bench in Celtic Park last November but he was unable to deny Shaun Maloney a late winner that has left Ireland scrambling to get back into contention in Group D.

"I wasn't expecting to play against Georgia and we got a good result there, hopefully the manager can trust me and rely on me," Quinn said.

"We've got a couple of good results when I have played so, yeah I am available to play and if I do hopefully I can get on the score sheet and we can progress in the group, more importantly."

The 29-year-old insists that Ireland must look to the second-half performance against Poland for the kind of style and tempo that they need to bring for 90 minutes tomorrow and he is confident that his side are capable of doing just that.

"We need to show more quality than we did up in Scotland," Quinn acknowledged. "I think we have that in abundance in the squad, we just need to put it out there and maybe click on the day and play better than what we have been doing.

"We didn't impress up there but hopefully with us being back at home now, the fans can get behind us and we can beat them. That's what we want to do. We need the three points.

"It was a bit different (in Scotland), the pitch wasn't great, we had a few injuries as well. We'd some players who would have been playing who weren't there, weren't available. We've got more or less a fully fit squad to choose from so whatever the manager decides, the players have to perform.

"The second half against Poland was a hell of a lot better, we showed how good we are. If we can start off from where we left it against Poland that can work for us," he added.

There has been suggestion in some quarters that he and Wes Hoolahan wouldn't be a viable option in the same midfield and Quinn admitted that he could see the reasoning behind such a suggestion.

"It would be nice to play with Weso sometimes but maybe there's not much height between the two of us so I don't know if the two of us could play together but I'd love that.

"I don't know if it is between me and Weso, there are other lads there who have thrown their names in the hat. I think everyone will want to play because it's such a massive game."

Irish Independent

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