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Job not done for O´Neill and Ireland

SoccerNews in European Championships 7 Sep 2015

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Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill stressed that his side still have plenty of work to do to ensure Euro 2016 qualification following their 1-0 win over Georgia.

Jon Walters netted the winner in Monday’s clash at the Aviva Stadium, earning a result that strengthens Ireland’s grip on third place in Group D, which would leave them facing a play-off tie in order to reach next year’s finals in France.

Ireland (15 points) are now four points clear of Scotland in third and still have a chance of automatic qualification.

O’Neill’s men trail Poland by two points and group leaders Germany by four.

“[It was a] tentative first half, you might even say nervous, no cohesion, lacking energy, but we found a way to win in the second half,” O’Neill said.

“[We] still have to find some more points and it won’t be easy.”

Asked about Ireland’s match-winner, O’Neill added: “Walters has had a fantastic tournament for us. He has a great heart, [the] essence of our club, we have a club mentality.”

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