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Trap will get the fans back onside - McCarthy

IRELAND star James McCarthy says that Giovanni Trapattoni's men are determined to use Wednesday's friendly international with Greece to get the Irish fans back onside.

IRISH fans will get a chance to see the team on home soil for the first time since the 6-1 defeat by Germany when Greece come to town.

Disaffection among supporters, tough financial times and the lack of a big-name opponent mean that interest in the Greece game is low, and the attendance could even dip below the 15,000 mark.

But Wigan man McCarthy, likely to start in midfield and win his ninth cap, says the Greek game is an opportunity.

"We want to come back to the Aviva and get the crowd back onside," McCarthy claimed.

"The Germany game was so disappointing and hard to take. But we had a chat afterwards and agreed we had to get going again, so to go away to the Faroe Islands and win so convincingly was great.

"Now we have a tough game against Greece but we'll give it our best shot."

Stephen Ward, Darren O'Dea and John O'Shea were all injury concerns for the friendly but all three are expected to be fit.