Wednesday 23 October 2019

Brady is keen to build on priceless point

Robbie Brady is targeting another win tomorrow. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Brady is targeting another win tomorrow. Photo: Sportsfile

John Brennan

Now to capitalise on Copenhagen. That's Robbie Brady's clarion call as Ireland's footballers prepare to put Gibraltar to the sword in tomorrow night's Group D Euro 2020 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

With seven points from three games, Ireland top the table, and making it ten from four tomorrow night would leave Mick McCarthy's team in a sound position as they head off on their summer holidays.

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Midfielder Brady has no doubt that a good team performance tomorrow would leave Ireland well set for a strong showing in the autumn when McCarthy's side face tricky games, including an October double-header of away matches against Georgia and Switzerland.

"It's time to build on the momentum," said Brady. "Ask anybody and they'd say they'd rather be at the top of the group than at the bottom and trying to catch up.

"We've picked up some good results so far, a good result against Denmark, and now we have to add to that and pick up three points against Gibraltar. We want to win well, we want to play and put on a performance, but we want to win most of all going into the summer. If we can put on a good display on top of that it would be even better.

"We need to keep chipping away at the table, winning the points, even at this time of year," added the Burnley midfielder.

"The lads will all have a couple of weeks with families after the Gibraltar match, so for the time being we have to dig in and make sure we get the results.

"We've got to do it now. I know it's almost mid-June, but we have to suck it up for the next few days and make sure we put in a good performance and get the result against Gibraltar."

Brady praised Ireland's hero on Friday night, Shane Duffy, after his late headed goal earned a valuable point.

"If the ball is in the right area you're going to do well to stop him. He attacks the ball so aggressively, the best I've ever seen actually. As soon as Alan Judge's free-kick went into that right area he is going to eat it up. He was brilliant again."

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