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Ward backs strikers to see off Estonia

STEPHEN WARD has backed Ireland's forwards to bring home goals from tomorrow's Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia.

The Ireland squad arrived in chilly Tallinn yesterday and will train at the 9,500-capacity Le Coq Arena stadium tonight, while local fans get ready for the biggest football game to hit Estonia in the nation's history.

Ireland fans will look to a rock-solid defence, which has conceded just one goal in the last nine games, to do the business again and frustrate Estonia, as Wolves man Ward returns to the side at left back following suspension. But Ireland's scoring record away from home is not too shabby.

The team has scored in eight of their last nine competitive away games and Ward feels that the side, led by Robbie Keane and Jonathan Walters up front, can bring their shooting boots.

"We have our jobs to do at the back and I'm confident we can do well. We had a brilliant run of clean sheets and we'd like to build that up again," Ward told the Herald.

"But we have players who can score. We scored in Andorra, in Macedonia, in lots of places and we can do it again out here.

"The most important thing is not to lose out in Estonia. We can't be coming back to Dublin with a defeat to turn around. We 're going there to win and if we can get one or two ,we'll be very strong for the home leg and in a great position," added Ward.

"But we won't get complacent. That's not how this Ireland squad is. The manager won't let us take anyone for granted."

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