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Faroes ready for Irish barrage

THE FAROES Islands expect a desperate Ireland side to "do anything" they can in Torshavn tomorrow night to get the win needed to keep alive their World Cup hopes.

Ireland take on a Faroes side who were unlucky to lose 2-1 at home to Sweden on Friday night. Given that Ireland are under pressure after that 6-1 hammering by the Germans, Faroes coach Lars Olsen is preparing his squad for a night of long balls.

"What makes it extremely difficult for us now is that this match in Torshavn has become Ireland's most important match.

"After their loss against Germany they are under a lot of pressure and they'll do anything for a good result against us," Olsen said.

"But this may work as an advantage for us. I think Ireland will play in a classic 4-4-2 formation and play a lot of long balls followed by pressure high up on the pitch.

"We must try and keep possession, when we can, and it's important that we minimize our own errors.

"Even though we played a good match against Sweden, there were some mistakes in our play, and we must work on that," added the Danish native, who took over from Brian Kerr last year.