Shay Given confident ahead of play-offs

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Updated: October 13, 2011

Shay Given has said that he is confident the Republic of Ireland can make the Euro 2012 finals regardless of who they are drawn against in the play-offs.

Ireland had a 2-1 win over Armenia at the Aviva Stadium last night and that was sufficient to finish second in Group B.
The draw for the play-offs will take place in Krakow on Thursday with Giovanni Trapattoni’s men seeded alongside Portugal, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

The Irish will face either Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia or Montenegro over two legs next month, and the Aston Villa keeper is happy his side can do themselves justice:

“We will just take it on the chin. Whoever we play will know they are in for a very tough game when they come here, and we will give them a tough game at their home place as well.

“Please God, we can get across the line this time and get through the play-offs.”

Team-mate Richard Dunne added: “This whole week has been about getting the points, and that’s what we got in the end.

“We knew realistically the play-off was going to be our best shot coming into this week. We thought if we could get six points, then we were guaranteed it, and we have done it.

“It may not have been the prettiest, but we have got the results.”

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