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play-off goes to a shootout, will you be con­fi­dent?

Penal­ties are a lot­tery. For­tu­nately I have done ok with them in the past, so hope­fully if it goes to penal­ties this will con­tinue. But a lot of it is down to luck, al­though you can try to psy­che the taker out of it a bit. It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion for keep­ers – the pres­sure is on the tak­ers as they’re ex­pected to score.

What would it mean to you and the peo­ple of Ire­land to play at South Africa 2010?

It would mean a hell of a lot to the peo­ple of Ire­land to qual­ify. There’s a lot of doom and gloom about with the re­ces­sion, so it would be good to give the peo­ple some­thing to look for­ward to.

Fi­nally, do you be­lieve Repub­lic of Ire­land will beat France and reach South Africa 2010?

We have to be­lieve. We know France are the favourites but that’s fine with us, it means there’s more pres­sure on them. We need to just play our own game and give it ev­ery­thing. –

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