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

Keane: All about the victory

Robbie Keane insisted Republic of Ireland's win was more important after netting a hat-trick on his record-breaking night.

Last Updated: 07/06/13 at 23:10 Post Comment

Robbie Keane celebrates a hat trick as he becomes Republic's most capped pla

Robbie Keane celebrates a hat trick as he becomes Republic's most capped pla

Keane became Ireland's most experienced player as he made his 126th appearance against the Faroe Islands, and the vital 3-0 win puts Giovanni Trapatonni's men into third place in Group C.

And despite all the personal accolades, Keane preferred to focus on the boost his hat-trick had given his nation rather than himself.

"There was a lot of talk about the record, but that was very much in the back of my mind," he told Sky Sports.

"It was about playing the game in the right manner and getting the result for the team so in that way it was just another game for me, but it was obviously a special occasion for my family.

"I'm glad it's all over to be honest. There was a lot of fuss before the game, but the most important thing was the football and we got the three points so everybody's happy."

Ireland will now head into a vital double header with Sweden and Austria in September - the sides immediately above and below them in the group.

Keane said: "We need to focus on ourselves. We have to travel to Austria and play Sweden here but we know exactly what we have to do - win three of the last four games.

"But the next two games are make or break for us."

Wes Hoolahan made his first competitive start for his country and he was quick to pay tribute to his captain.

He said: "He's unbelievable. He's done it for the last 15 years for Ireland and to score a hat trick tonight when he gets the record is fully deserved."

And on his own fortunes, Hoolahan hopes he will now be in contention in the autumn.

"I just have to keep doing what I'm doing," he continued. "We have two important games but we have a great squad. Hopefully I have a chance of knocking on the door."

His performance certainly impressed Keane.

The skipper said: "We've seen him all season at Norwich - he's been a revelation.

"For me, as someone who likes to drop off, he is so easy to play with because he likes to get the ball and play one-twos round the box.

"It worked very well and I hope it continues."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

AFCON round-up: Ivory Coast and Ghana make semi-finals

Ivory Coast and Ghana both qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after beating Algeria and Guinea respectively on Sunday.

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

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