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Monday, October 10, 2011

KEANE OUT, COX IN FOR CRUNCH ARMENIA GAME

As expected, Robbie Keane will miss Ireland's make-or-break match against Armenia on Tuesday evening.
The Irish Captain and record goal-scorer (51) has a groin injury that will take up to a month to heal.

Perhaps, surprisingly, Simon Cox has been preferred ahead of his West Brom team-mate Shane Long to partner Kevin Doyle upfront.
Richard Dunne returns in defence after suspension, replacing Darren O'Dea who has a very promising career ahead of him.
John O'Shea goes to left back as cover for Steven Ward who is banned for this match.
With Ireland ahead of Armenia by a point in  Group B, a draw will be enough to book a place in the play-offs in November.
However, Trapattoni added a note of caution at the press conference: 
"Our fans are very important, but we must not think about 'Go, go, go!' to score a goal.

"In the past we have tried to score a goal, not scored a goal and conceded on the counter-attack.
"This is a test of or maturity. With maturity, we will look to win, but we have to think always about not conceding a goal.
"When I came here, I saw a DVD of the Irish team which was leading and attacked with eight players.
"It was the same when I was at Benfica, the people shouting 'Go, go, go!' and there were 18 players in the final 30 metres of the pitch.
"That means 80 metres of the ground is free, and that is very, very dangerous.
"We must do what we want to do, that's maturity. For our team, for our players, this is a good test to show that with this maturity, we can achieve the result we want.
"All that matters is the result."
Expect a typically conservative approach by Trapottoni then.


Armenia have made a late charge in the group scoring goals aplenty.
They scored four goals against both Macedonia and Slovakia and 3 against Andorra to leave them currently in 3rd place in the group on 17 points.

While Ireland boast a mean defence having kept 8 clean sheets in a row against Italy and Russia among others.
It is a potential banana-skin for the Republic of Ireland, but I am going for a 1-1 draw, hopefully.

Team: Given(capt), Kelly, Dunne, St. Ledger, O'Shea, McGeady, Andrews, Whelan, Duff, Cox, Doyle.

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