Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill: "I feel sorry for Scotland"

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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill:

"We've won the last three, three clean sheets and we've proven before when we're in that frame of mind we're a tough nation to stop".

The move has come at the request of the players, who were roused by travelling supporters in Georgia continuing on when the music was mistakenly ended early.

The game is potentially a winner-takes-all affair in Group D, although Wales can finish second with a draw and victory might even see them qualify for the tournament as group winners if Serbia slip up against Georgia.

"He has obviously been a class player, a world-class player and he's been essential for us".

The Republic of Ireland defeated Moldova 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night, a result which sets up a dramatic showdown with Wales on Monday.

But Coleman swatted off the suggestion of a grudge match.

"It's going to be a hard battle, they've got everything to play for as well".

"It has taken pressure off in this game, but we have to play properly".

Ireland sit just one point behind Wales and they must win to stand a chance of qualifying for the World Cup next summer. "The play-offs don't exist right now - not for us or the Republic for that matter". That is more apparent among Wales' players, with injured players like Bale back in the fold during the buildup to this week's games. However, victory over Moldova quickly restored faith and Martin O'Neill's men know that only three points against Wales on Monday night will suffice.

The midfielder missed last month's qualifiers with a thigh injury but proved his fitness by getting Burnley's victor at Everton last Sunday.

He might have given Wales the lead after just seven mins, yet fired vast from 12 lawns after a ruptured of speed and also a wise pass from Lawrence breached the Georgia support.

It is 25 years since Wales' last win over Ireland. The Northern Irish are in a wonderful position to secure a play-off spot having picked up more points than some other group leaders in the European qualification.

Coleman will also have to again decide if he wants to give one of the aforementioned youngsters a start or put his faith in the players who have achieved so much over the past couple of years.

The victor will take all... so long as events in other groups take a turn their way.

Only eight play-off places from the nine groups are on offer and it will come down to Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings to decide who misses out.

Spain have qualified after winning 3-0 at home to Albania, as Italy could only draw with Macedonia. Holland, who visit Belarus tomorrow, could be the biggest casualties.

In the recent past, Ireland have delivered some big performances when they have needed them most with their display in Paris under Giovanni Trapattoni one in which they were forced to adopt a positive attitude all the way through.

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