Good night Vienna

What a result for the boys in green tonight. Missing several key players for tonight’s encounter, few would have given Martin O’Neill’s men any chance of taking all three points but a James Mc Clean goal secured a vital win which puts us top of the group

When the draw was made, Ireland were fourth seeds and few were optimistic about our chances of making it to Russia but as it stands, we are in poll position to qualify as we head into the winter break

The March fixture against Wales will now take on even more significance, as it will see us play at home against the supposed favourites

James Mc Clean’s performance tonight typified the Irish spirit as if chased every ball and it was just after half time when the Derry man was rewarded for his efforts, as a cool finish by the Albion winger proved to be the game’s decider

Captain, Seamus Coleman continues to go from strength to strength, with a composed display from full back and when contrasted with David Alaba, one would wonder which player lined out with Bayern Munich

The two centre halves, Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy defied recent criticism to put in a great shift and Duffy’s aerial prowess could prove vital in this qualifying campaign

Missing James Mc Carthy, who is involved in a club v country pantomime and losing Glenn Whelan early on, few would have backed an Irish win.But a great competitive debut from Harry Arter and a competent outing from David Myler gave Ireland a great foothold in the middle of the field

O’Neill has been criticised in the past for his defensive tactics and lack of imagination but I’m recent games, we have seen a different Ireland.He has finally put his stamp of authority on this team and they are playing their hearts out for the Derry man. This is the type of performance that Ireland fans have been yearning for and it is a continuation of what began at the Euros

The ghost of the Trapattoni era has finally left the building.For the 3500 Irish fans celebrating tonight, it really will be good night Vienna.


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