Friday, November 11, 2011
Keane looking for victory against Estonians
Robbie Keane has insisted that Ireland will be going all out for victory in tonight's Euro 2012 play-off clash against Estonia.
Giovanni Trapattoni's 'Boys In Green' will start in Tallinn knowing that a draw would be a decent result to take back to the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening. However, Keane is adamant that a win will be the only thing on their minds as they attempt to take a major stride towards qualification for next summer's Euro finals.
He said: "Listen, as players, you don't go into a game thinking you are going to draw, it's impossible to do it. You go into every game thinking you are going to win it, so we are going into this game thinking that we can win it because there is no reason why we can't."
He added: "We have the players to do it and we have the mentality to do it, so there's no reason why we can't do it.
"We go into every game with the same mentality, that we can win this and we can score goals."
Ireland's recent run of form backs up Keane's claims - they are unbeaten in nine games and have conceded just one goal in the process.
Keane is confident that is evidence of the improvement they have made under Trapattoni's guidance in the last three and a half years or so.
He said: "You have seen over the years since the manager has come in, we have grown as a team, we have got better with each game and that reflects in our performances and the fact that we haven't lost too many games.
"Of course, we are a better team. The players are getting more experienced and able to handle different situations, so we are certainly a better team than we were a couple of years ago."