Wolves defender Stephen Ward is confident that the Irish can end their 2012 European Championship qualifying group with the 6 points required to clinch at the very least the runner’s up spot in the group.
A victory away to Andorra on Friday followed up with another three points at home to Armenia next Tuesday would secure Ireland a play-off spot at the very least although with Russia set to face Slovakia away, Irish eyes could yet be smiling with a group win.
After their back to wall’s draw against the Russian’s Ireland will faced with the unlikely scenario as facing as side as the favourites as they face the European minnows who are bottom of the group and yet to win a game.
Speaking ahead of the game, the former Bohemian’s star said “We know we are overwhelming favourites on Friday, but we know if we play to our ability then we will get 3 points”.
“We just have to make sure that we’re professional and we do things right and take it as every other game.
“It is important that we start the game well. I think the longer the game goes when it’s scoreless, or things aren’t going your way, then the more nervous you can get.
“We know 6 points is a must if we are going to get out of this group and qualify.
“Hopefully we will have a lot of the ball and things go our way. They are definitely two games we think we can win.
“I feel it is going to be important to score goals and win the games because nothing less than six points will do.
“We might have to get ourselves going a bit more in forward positions but it is vital that we keep two clean sheets in these games.
“From there, if we can build on that and get a couple of goals, then there is every chance of us winning both of the ties.”