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Ward: We're geared up to finish the job

STEPHEN WARD wants Ireland to show their ruthless streak again against Estonia at Lansdowne Road tonight.

Only a calamitous 5-0 defeat would see Ireland denied a place at the Euro 2012 finals, but Ward has promised that the Irish side will not ease off for the second leg.

"There might well be a bit of a carnival attitude tonight in terms of the crowd, but as players we just want to do things right. We're a professional outfit, we have done our jobs right through the campaign and we want to do the same tonight. We have to be professional," Ward told the Herald.

"I thought our discipline on Friday was excellent and we'd like to continue that tonight. Ruthless, that's what we were in Tallinn and I'd like us to do the same at home.

"We are nearly there but we still have 90 minutes of football to play, so we'll be professional and do things right.

"We got the ideal start the other night, scoring the early goal which put them under a lot of pressure and it was a really professional performance. It can be tough playing against 10 men sometimes, they played with a bit of freedom but we got together at half-time and said we have no better chance of putting a bit of space between us and them, which we went on to do, so the job is nearly done," added Ward.

The Wolves' man admitted that, despite the 1-0 half-time lead, there was still some concern in the Irish camp about elements of their play, which Giovanni Trapattoni was eager to correct.

"We did have words at half-time, we had stepped off a little bit after they had a man sent off, we had to get back to what we were doing in the first 20 minutes, we had to play a bit better and keep the ball a bit better.

"We came out of the blocks in the second-half and did what was needed," he said, proud of Ireland's record as the only one of the eight sides involved in Friday's play-off round to have no yellow cards on the night.

He added: "To play a game like that and get no bookings is a huge credit. The manager had told us to be careful, to stay on our feet. So we were proud to come away with no yellows and win the game."


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