O'Neill vows to go for it

07 October 2017 03:28:31 EST

Martin O'Neill has said his Republic of Ireland players will go for it as they travel to Wales on Monday needing a win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup finals in Russia.

The Ireland boss watched as Daryl Murphy's brace sealed a 2-0 win against Moldova in Dublin in their penumltimate Group D game on Friday night.

We went to Lille having to win to get into the last 16 and we did it, so let's go for this. We know what we have to do now. We have to win a game in Cardiff.

Martin O'Neill

However, with Wales picking up a 1-0 win in Georgia earlier in the evening, it leaves Chris Coleman's side needing a point in the Cardiff showdown to finish ahead of the Irish in second place and grab a play-off spot.

But with Serbia crashing to a late 3-2 defeat in Austria, a win for Wales or Ireland could see them qualify for the World Cup automatically if the Serbs slip up in their final game against Georgia.

And O'Neill insists his players will be going all out for the win as he likened the Wales game to their encounter against Italy at Euro 2016 which they needed to win to progress from the group stages.

He said: "We went to Lille having to win to get into the last 16 and we did it, so let's go for this. We know what we have to do now. We have to win a game in Cardiff.

"We did fine in the first half, got an early goal and followed it up with a great goal from Murph. Second half, we probably took our foot off the pedal, but it was all about winning the game and it sets us up nicely for Monday night.

"We have some pretty decent players coming back. James McClean has been fantastic for us in this tournament and Robbie Brady is a very, very good player so it is pretty interesting for Monday now."

Ireland are 14/5 to win in Wales, while the hosts are priced at 23/20 and the draw is 12/5.

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