Wednesday 13 December 2017

WATCH - Roy Keane emphatically slaps down suggestion that Ireland will play for a draw against Wales

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at FAI National Training Centre, in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at FAI National Training Centre, in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
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Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane has let everyone know, in no uncertain terms, that his table-toppers will be going for all three points against Wales on Friday night.

Ireland top Group D of the World Cup qualifiers on 10 points and have four points to spare over Wales ahead of the clash at the Aviva.

Preparations for the encounter for Martin O'Neill's team have been far from ideal with Daryl Murphy (calf), Wes Hoolahan (thigh), Shane Duffy (foot), Ciaran Clarke (knee) and Harry Arter (calf) have all been ruled out and the prognosis for James McCarthy isn't good.

"James didn't train today," the assistant boss said.

"I would say he is very doubtful. I think he is due to do some running today, but if he doesn't join in with the group tomorrow, it'll be very doubtful for him."

Asked if the injury crisis would force Ireland to be more defensive against Chris Coleman's side, Keane added: "No."

Asked if Ireland would be pleased with a point, he added: "I know from working with the manager and the staff and the group of players we have, if you think our mindset going into the game on Friday night at the Aviva is a draw... then you are sadly mistaken.

"We're here to win."

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