'There will be no complacency,' insists Staunton

November 14, 2006

Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton is adamant 'there will be no complacency' tomorrow despite his side being expected to hammer a hatful of goals past San Marino.

After losing 13-0 - a European Championship record - and 7-0 to Germany and the Czech Republic, respectively, in their opening two qualifying games, San Marino appear prime for the taking.

As vice-captain Shay Given yesterday pointed out, if Ireland fail to beat the minnows at Lansdowne Road tomorrow, they can forget all hope of playing in the 2008 finals.

After the heartening 1-1 draw with the Czechs last month, just days after the 5-2 humiliation to Cyprus, Ireland's players cannot afford to take their opponents lightly as they seek their first victory in the group.

'There will be no complacency,' asserted Staunton.

'It's about concentration at the back because we will dominate possession for long periods, with most of the game played in their half.

'As long as we concentrate, we shift the ball quickly and the quality players we have use their ability, then we'll have no problems.'

Staunton, though, refused to entertain claims San Marino will be the worst team ever to play at Lansdowne Road, which tomorrow stages its last game in its present dilapidated state before work starts on a £260million, 50,000 all-seater venue.

'Their coach is not going to want to lose 7-0,' added Staunton.

'After the game with Germany, he tightened things up an awful lot, made it difficult for the Czechs as best he could, so I'm sure he will be trying to make things tighter against us.

'But it's up to us. We're at home and we want another passionate performance with greater skill and cleverness in our play.

'We've the players to do it, and I've no doubt they will deliver again.'

Staunton is also expecting the fans to deliver one final time, as he claims it is they who have made Lansdowne Road special over the years.

'We know what this game means,' insisted Staunton.

'The supporters have been magnificent. They proved that against the Czech Republic, and they got a performance to match.

'It would be fitting for this last game we have more of the same.

'But our supporters have never failed to amaze me in my 15, 16-odd years with the Republic of Ireland.

'We know they're the best in the world, and they keep proving it. When the chips are down they get behind the team, and that's true support.

'Hopefully we'll match that tomorrow, and everybody will go away happy from Lansdowne Road for the last time.

'Then hopefully it will continue at Croke Park before we bring it back here when the new stadium is built.'