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CHRIS ON SWISS

Posted on 12 October 2005  - 12:00

Chris Hughton hopes to turn the tables on Switzerland and take a step towards the World Cup finals with what he sees as the Republic of Ireland's biggest game for years tonight.

Chris Hughton hopes to turn the tables on Switzerland and take a step towards the World Cup finals with what he sees as the Republic of Ireland's biggest game for years tonight.

Ireland take on Switzerland at Lansdowne Road in the final game of qualifying Group Four knowing a win will be good enough at least for a play-off spot for next summer's event in Germany.

It's exactly the same position the Republic found themselves in two years ago.

Back in October 2003, they needed a win in Switzerland to qualify for the European Championship finals only to go down 2-0 in Basle. Agonisingly, they finished third in the group and missed out to Russia for a play-off spot.

Andy Reid and Robbie Keane are expected to line-up in Dublin as Ireland try to put that right.

Assistant manager Chris said: “We were in a similar position two years ago at the end of the European Championship qualifiers when we had to go to Switzerland and win. A draw was good enough for them and unfortunately it didn't work out for us.

Roles are reversed now with us at home although we have to win again

“We always felt it would go like this and we would need points from our last games because it's such a tight group.

“Ideally, we wanted to be in position to win the last game to win the group as opposed to making a play-off position, but at least we know if we win, we've done that.

"It's almost better than needing a draw because if that's the scenario, you might play a little cagey and not give too much away and then if you concede, it's tough to turn it around again.

"We're all very positive, we know we need to win the game and we've got a very record at Lansdowne Road and we see no reason why that can't continue."ÂÂ