Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland team they will have to scrap for “every single particle” if they are to realise their dream of a second successive trip to the European Championship finals.
The Irish received a timely boost to their hopes of taking part in Euro 2016 on Friday evening when a 4-0 victory over Gibraltar, coupled with Scotland’s 1-0 defeat in Georgia, left them in third place in Group D and with one hand on a play-off berth.
But O’Neill knows that will change rapidly if his side fail to beat Georgia in Dublin on Monday night before next month’s double header against Germany and Poland. He said: “We all have a habit of getting ahead of ourselves – I heard something one day that it is ours to lose. We have got a game against Germany, we have got a game against Poland, we have got this tough game here against a resurgent Georgia side who will come here with plenty of confidence – they have just beaten Scotland.
“We are not capable of being like Spain, of being able to wipe the floor with somebody. We have to fight for every single particle going. We have to battle for it.
“We are in there fighting. But we are far from anything, anything at all. I can’t even consider October until we get points on the board. We need to win – that has to be our total and utter focus, and that is the players’ [focus].”
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