Jeff Hendrick says the Republic of Eire will battle till the bitter finish of a World Cup qualifying marketing campaign which appears destined to finish in disappointment.
Eire lie in fourth place in Group A after Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Serbia, a full 11 factors adrift of leaders Portugal, 9 behind the Serbs and 4 adrift of Luxembourg with simply three video games to play.
It might take a exceptional flip of occasions for Stephen Kenny’s males, who face a visit to Azerbaijan subsequent month after which a double-header towards Portugal and Luxembourg in November, to grab a play-off place, however Hendrick and his team-mates haven’t any intention of dropping out.
The Newcastle midfielder stated: “It will be powerful now however we method it positively.
“For those who have a look at Portugal (2-1 loss final Wednesday), we had a gameplan. I believe it labored very effectively. We had been minutes away from an excellent outcome. That outcome improves our confidence.
“It’s kind of late and it is exhausting to get one thing out of this group, however like all Irish group we’ll hold going and provides it our all.”
Issues may need regarded very totally different had Cristiano Ronaldo’s late double in Faro final week not rescued Portugal, with Eire main 1-0 on the Estadio Algarve because the clock ticked in direction of the ultimate minute of regular time.
It was they who struck on the dying each towards Azerbaijan three days later when Shane Duffy’s 87th-minute equaliser snatched a 1-1 draw, and towards Serbia as Nikola Milenkovic’s personal objective 4 minutes from time cancelled out Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s first-half opener.
Hendrick stated: “We wish to win each recreation. I do know it is powerful and for those who’re being lifelike, a few of the video games are going to be very, very exhausting to win. However we practically did it towards Portugal.
“[On Tuesday night], we put in efficiency and that’s one thing to construct on. We must be trying to go to Azerbaijan and enjoying like that and making an attempt to get a win.
“It is undoubtedly doable and one thing we must be attaining.”
Victory in Baku would finish a 16-game look forward to a aggressive win which dates again to June 2019 – and that got here towards minnows Gibraltar – with supervisor Stephen Kenny’s 16-match reign to this point having yielded only a single success, a 4-1 pleasant defeat of Andorra.
Kenny has made it his mission to overtake the squad he inherited from Mick McCarthy – seven of the 20 males who tasted motion this month had been aged 22 or below – and to instil a extra progressive method, and his group stay very a lot a piece in progress.
Hendrick stated: “We’re not gifted with tons of of gamers who’re enjoying in the entire prime leagues. We’re what we’re. We all know the squad we have now.
“Gamers come out and in of it, however everybody is available in with a Positive perspective and buys into the group, and all of us battle for one another.”