Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is confident that his team can qualify for the European Championship next year. Mick McCarthy’s side had the chance to strengthen their hold at the top of their qualifying group but they could not do so after Georgia held them to a frustrating 0-0 draw on the road.
“I do think we’re capable of a big result, I’ve always said that. Over the last few years, we’ve proven that bar that bad year last year, we are capable of big results. We have to go for it anyway Tuesday night. We won’t be sitting back – the game might dictate that you might sit back, but we’ll be going there looking for the win,” he told in the post-match press conference after the Georgia game.
Ireland had the better chances of scoring against Georgia in Tbilisi. While John Egan hit the woodwork in the opening half, debutant Aaron Connolly was undoubtedly handed with the best chances to find the net. The Brighton & Hove Albion youngster was only introduced for the final 16 minutes of the game but he produced a shift in momentum and should have at least found the breakthrough with the opportunities gifted.
Ireland are scheduled to face Switzerland on the road on Tuesday night and they need to secure at least a point in order to keep their destiny in their own hands. Ireland are unbeaten in the past four meetings against Switzerland with three draws and one victory.