Trap full of hope for Paris
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes his team have every reason to be optimistic about reversing a single-goal deficit when they face France in Wednesday night's World Cup play-off second leg in Paris..
A deflected goal by Nicolas Anekla on 72 minutes proved to be sole difference between the nations in the first leg on Saturday. Trap saw enough to be confident Ireland can score in the return leg and realise their dream of reaching the finals in South Africa next year.
"We are a little bit disappointed after the first game because, for me, the right result was a draw," said Trap.
"We know how strong France are with the players they have, but we have our quality, our discipline, our mentality and in the first half, the right result for me was a draw.
"In the second half, there was a deflection and we conceded a goal. For ten minutes, we were a little bit disappointed and we lost our trust in ourselves.
"But we had a good reaction and we could have scored a goal through Whelan. It was not an easy chance - but he was in front of the goalkeeper and it would have been right had we scored that goal.
"But we have played 90 minutes and that is the only the first half. We have the second half in Paris.
"Maybe we will have the same game in Paris and we will get the deflection.
"We must up our game now. I thank the Irish fans for the atmosphere and promise them their team will give their all in Paris."
Trap agreed that his side can take incentive from the fact that Romania, Serbia and Austria all scored against the French in Paris during the qualifying campaign.
The manager reported no injury worries following the squad's light training session on Sunday at Gannon Park in Malahide.