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Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland, in action against Ucha Lobzhanidze, Georgia. The Ireland boss has conceded that his side's display left plenty of room for improvement and one issue was the manner in which lone striker Robbie Keane was isolated for periods of the game
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Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland, in action against Ucha Lobzhanidze, Georgia. The Ireland boss has conceded that his side's display left plenty of room for improvement and one issue was the manner in which lone striker Robbie Keane was isolated for periods of the game (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill at the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Georgia v Republic of Ireland. O'Neill has admitted he will have to reconsider his attacking strategy for Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 away games this autumn in the aftermath of Sunday's dramatic win in Georgia (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill at the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Georgia v Republic of Ireland. O'Neill has admitted he will have to reconsider his attacking strategy for Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 away games this autumn in the aftermath of Sunday's dramatic win in Georgia (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and captain Robbie Keane during a press conference ahead of their side's UEFA Euro 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, match against Georgia on Sunday. Republic of Ireland Press Conference, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and captain Robbie Keane during a press conference ahead of their side's UEFA Euro 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, match against Georgia on Sunday. Republic of Ireland Press Conference, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

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Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland, in action against Ucha Lobzhanidze, Georgia. The Ireland boss has conceded that his side's display left plenty of room for improvement and one issue was the manner in which lone striker Robbie Keane was isolated for periods of the game (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

Martin O'Neill has admitted that he will have to reconsider his attacking strategy for Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 away games this autumn in the aftermath of Sunday's dramatic win in Georgia.

The Ireland boss has conceded that his side's display left plenty of room for improvement and one issue was the manner in which lone striker Robbie Keane was isolated for periods of the game.

O'Neill went with a three-man central midfield to give the team balance and allow matchwinner Aiden McGeady the freedom to focus less on defensive duties.

However, the Derryman acknowledged that Keane found it hard at times and attributed that to a lack of support from midfield.

"The idea was to get to him and give him a little bit of help a wee bit more quickly," said O'Neill, "That was the idea with Glenn Whelan being in the middle and the other two [Stephen Quinn and James McCarthy] going forward as often as they could. At times, it looked as if we didn't get decent movement."

Whatever happens, McGeady will be central to the strategy, with O'Neill prepared to forgive the Everton man's occasional lapses.

"He is a rare talent and he'll be a danger," said the Irish boss.

Irish Independent