Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ire v Poland

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group D

Aviva Stadium

Last Game

Rep Ire 4 - 1 USA

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 19:45

International Match

Clark reveals double target

Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark is determined to achieve a club and country double this season.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 21:45 Post Comment

Ciaran Clark: Feels he has done enough to earn place in Republic of Ireland side

Ciaran Clark: Feels he has done enough to earn place in Republic of Ireland side

The 23-year-old helped Villa to priceless victories over Reading and QPR over the last two weeks before joining up with the Republic squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

Clark is now intent on playing his part in a successful fight against relegation, and he also hopes to establish himself as a regular starter in Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic side.

On Villa's relegation dogfight, he said: "The last two weeks, we have had some good results. It's always nice to come away after having two good results like that.

"It would have been a lot tougher if we had come away knowing we had lost two games. It's always a big confidence boost when you have won two games like that.

"The belief has always been there with us, it's just been about getting the results and hopefully we can start to pick up now.

"From 10th place to the bottom, it's still very tight. With seven or eight games to go, there are a lot of things that can happen still and a lot of teams that can get sucked into it."

The Republic of Ireland face a tough trip to Sweden on Friday before hosting Austria in Dublin four days later, and Clark is keen to prove his worth to Trapattoni.

Asked if he felt he had done enough to warrant selection, he said: "I would like to think so.

"You can only do what's been asked. To get the clean sheet was obviously good for us in the last game, and especially to get the win.

"But no matter who plays, they will go out and they will give it their best and hopefully we will do enough to get the three points."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Premier League: Nigel Pearson insists his players must forget about their win against Manchester United

Nigel Pearson has been trying to make Leicester forget about their Manchester United win ever since they beat them 5-3.

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company