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Hourihane wants to strike early


Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane

Aston Villa star Conor Hourihane wants Ireland to have Euro 2020 qualification sewn up over the next two games to avoid a do-or-die situation at home to Denmark next month.

And while the Irish midfielder has warned of the threat posed on Saturday by a Georgian side who have lost three of their five games to date, Hourihane insists it's an incentive for Ireland to get two wins from the games against Georgia and Switzerland.

The Ireland squad fly to Tbilisi tomorrow, Mick McCarthy still not ruling out injury victims Shane Duffy and David McGoldrick while he also sweats over the fitness of James McClean.

"Of course people are going to say that," Hourihane (above) says of that six-point target to secure a place in the finals.

"But we've to get the job done first in Georgia. We'll prepare well and be ready for it. People are saying it might go down to Denmark but let's see how Saturday game goes and we'll evaluate after that," he added.

"I don't think Georgia get the credit they deserve. They always cause teams problems. Denmark went there last trip and they drew 0-0.

"The last time we went there it was a very tough game for us. It's a tough place. If we were to get a positive result it would be a big one for us."