Mission is possible, says Duff

Mission is possible, says Duff

Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has vowed his side will take the game to France ...
17th Nov 2009

 

Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has vowed his side will take the game to France on Wednesday night as they aim to overturn a 0-1 deficit from Saturday's first leg of the World Cup play-off.

 

Liam Lawrence, Keith Andrews and Glenn Whelan all went close to perforating the French defence at Croke Park and the Fulham winger sees no reason why Les Blues are to be feared in the return leg.

 

 

"We have taken an awful lot of positives out of the game on Saturday. Other people may not have but we think we can go there and do it," said Duff on Monday.

 

 

"We have obviously given ourselves an uphill task," said Duff. "Away goals are a massive thing in football but if we go over there and nick one it is game on again so we are all confident we can go and do it. You have to be.

 

 

"Obviously they had an awful lot of possession (on Saturday). That was there for everyone to see. They keep the ball well - better than us - but when it came down to chances they didn't really create a lot.

 

"We kept our shape, which is what we do an awful lot of work on. I suppose that is why we are in the play-offs. It has worked well for us in the past. A lucky goal; everyone says about the luck of the Irish but I don't think we have really had much of it over the past few campaigns.

 

 

"We obviously have to take a few more chances than we usually do on Wednesday. It is tried and trusted with the gaffer and the shape. It's the same at club level with me. It must be the Italian thing with Roy Hodgson working over there as well.

 

"We'll see how the game pans out but we are obviously looking for a goal, or two, or three. We will have to take a few more chances."

 

Ireland's assistant manager Marco Tardelli, meanwhile, reported no fresh injury concerns within the camp on the eve of their final training session in Dublin.

 

"Nobody is injured, all the players are fit and the morale is high," said the Italian.

 

"The way we played in Bari, it was possible to win there. So it is also possible in Paris. We could have scored three times against France in Dublin. The players believe it's possible to win."