Football: McCarthy needs goals
Wednesday 20 August 1997
McCarthy expects the Lithuanians to erect a stern defensive barrier and aim to earn a point and a psychological edge for the return game in Vilnius on 10 September. The manager knows he he must send out an attacking team, and he is likely to choose Tony Cascarino, who scored twice as a substitute against Liechtenstein in the Republic's last game, ahead of Niall Quinn as the target man.
One man certain of his place is David Connolly, now with Feyenoord, who hit the other three goals in the 5-0 win over Liechtenstein. A problem for McCarthy is that he has nine players who are one yellow card away from a suspension. "I can't afford to worry about that," he said. "There's no way I can ask them not to tackle for the ball and, if we get bookings that way, there is nothing you can do about it."
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Probable team) (World Cup qualifier v Lithuania, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, tonight): Given (Newcastle); Kenna (Blackburn), Cunningham (Wimbledon), Staunton (Aston Villa), Irwin, Keane (both Manchester Utd), Houghton (Reading), Townsend (Aston Villa), Connolly (Feyenoord), Cascarino (Nancy), Kennedy (Liverpool).
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