Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ireland v Oman

Wednesday, 03 September 2014, 19:45

International Match

Aviva Stadium

Last Game

Rep Ireland 1 - 5 Portugal

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 01:00

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

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Nikola Zigic's agent confirms Arsenal's interest

The agent of ex-Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic has told SPORT that Arsenal have expressed an interest in his client.

Premier League: Crystal Palace unveil Neil Warnock as new manager

Neil Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace after being named as the new manager on a two-year deal.

Manchester United signing Angel di Maria claims he was forced out of Real Madrid

Manchester United signing Angel di Maria has claimed he never wanted to leave Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

Not Getting Carried Away On Spurs... But

A couple of Spurs fans have broken rank to admit that they are bloody excited about things down the Lane. Plus Glen Johnson, Arsene on strikers and Moreno...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property