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Trap to stick with winning formula

GIOVANNI Trapattoni will not stray one iota from the formula which has brought Ireland to the brink of qualification but he has made three changes to the team which demolished Estonia in Tallinn.

In comes John O'Shea and Kevin Doyle for Stephen Kelly (groin) and Jonathan Walters, while Stephen Hunt's heart on the sleeve commitment is rewarded with a start instead of Aiden McGeady at Lansdowne Road tonight.

"The qualification is still not finished. We haven't achieved it yet, so it would be dangerous to go on the pitch the wrong mentality," said the ever cautious Trapattoni.

Trapattoni (pictured) will also try his best to give a run out to all the players who have contributed to the qualification campaign currently fit and that will mean a heavy reliance on the bench once the Estonians have been subdued for a second time.

"They are proud and they will be hurting," said Trap.

"If we go onto the pitch with the wrong mentality it could be more difficult to achieve the result and also we will not have respected first, the people coming to the stadium who have paid for the tickets, second, our opponent and the last our own professionalism.

"Marco and I are proud about our jobs and where we have come with this team. I think also that when we can do well in the European tournament, as long as we don't have too many injuries or suspensions.

"Our team has shown us in nine games that they play well with 100pc commitment

"The team understands we must play for the result. We must show our commitment to the Irish people who have waited a long time for this and who will want a victory."

IRELAND (v Estonia): Shay Given; John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ward; Damien Duff, Glenn Whelan, Keith Andrews, Stephen Hunt; Robbie Keane (captain), Kevin Doyle.


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