Hughton's Irish diary
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Chris Hughton gives us the inside track on Ireland&nbsp;- including Robbie Keane and Gary Doherty - as they prepare for their final friendly of the summer... <P>The Republic face the daunting task of Holland in the Amsterdam Arena on Saturday having got back to winning ways in the Unity Cup last night. <P>Defeated by Nigeria on Saturday, Gary Doherty helped the Irish to a 1-0 win against Jamaica at Charlton. Robbie Keane was an unused substitute but will return to the line up for the Dutch on Saturday. <P><STRONG><EM>We caught up with Chris on his way to Heathrow where he'll jet out to Holland with the rest of the squad this afternoon...</EM></STRONG> <P>I WAS absolutely delighted with the win against Jamaica, especially as we had such a young side out - Graham Barrett, who scored, Alan Maybury, Alan Quinn and a lad called Aiden McGeady, very much like Mark Yeates, all played well. I thought we were the better side and bounced back well after Nigeria. Gary Doc did well again. They were quite direct and played three up front but he did very well. We left Robbie out but he'll now be involved against Holland on Saturday. <P><IMG src="/media/images/decorative/photos/cpix/hughtonireland1.jpg" align=left border=1 DESIGNTIMEURL="/photos/cpix/hughtonireland1.jpg">EVERYONE is looking forward to Saturday's game against Holland. The lads have been together for a little while now and this is the last game, so they are looking forward to a nice rest. But this is also the biggest game of the four and the hardest. They will be on their game. We are expecting all the things you get from a team with their quality. When you go through the squads in the European Championships there are a lot of countries with players you might not know so well. This is one of the squads where you know every single player. They are all household names and when they put it together, they are capable of winning a tournament like Euro 2004, no doubt about it. <P>I DIDN'T do too badly against the Dutch as a player. I seem to recall we always did well against them at home. Having said that, the game that stands out for me was when we played them at Dalymount Park back in the early 1980s, must have been 1982. That was our first encounter with Ruud Gullit. He played centre-half and we went 2-0 up so they switched him up front and he scored twice as they won 3-2. Everyone went away talking about this fabulous young player. <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 20pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Monotype Corsiva'; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><STRONG>All the best, Chris<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></STRONG></SPAN>