Andrews Relishing Tough Group
Saturday, 3rd Dec 2011 10:03
Midfielder Keith Andrews admits that he and his Ireland colleagues have been handed a tough Euro 2012 group but says they are relishing the chance to take on holders Spain, manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s home country Italy and Croatia.
Andrews says he and his team-mates hoped to draw one of the joint-hosts Poland or Ukraine: "There's no denying it, it's a tough draw. We said before, privately, that if we got one of the host nations, then we'd have taken one of those.
"We've drawn the holders and to pit ourselves against a team like that is fantastic. If you can't look forward to games like this, pitting yourselves against the best players in the world and one of the best teams to have played over the last 20 or 30 years, then there is something wrong."
The on-loan Blackburn man says Italy are team with whom they are familiar, the 31-year-old having scored in a 2-0 friendly victory over the Italians in June: "We know them very well. We played against Italy in the last campaign a couple of times and were unbeaten against them.
"I'm sure the manager will know them inside out. We played Croatia at the start of the season and we're fully aware of their strengths.
“They're a fine footballing side, but with those two teams in particular, we're fully confident we can get a result against them."
Photo: Action Images
Get a free £25 matched bet on Derby County v Ipswich Town (or other matches) by opening a new account at William Hill. Place an initial bet of a minimum of £5 and William Hill will match that bet up to £25. You must enter the promotional code "F25" when signing up as a new customer.
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 203 bloggers
All Aboard the Directorship by Bluetaff
I look forward to the start of each new season with such vim and vigour - with the possible exception of this one, oddly.
Comparing Mick to Mick and to Joe Royle by KBsSocks
What's the difference this season, comparing Mick McCarthy's 40 games this season to his previous 140?
The Years When Seasons Did Not Finish on 5th April by TimS
Can you remember those halcyon days when football seasons did not end on 5th April and there were things to play for right up to the ultimate final whistle? Football is about excitement. Football fans need to have those end-of-season games of excitement and intrigue.
Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference by Marcus
Over the last two decades Portman Road has changed from being a buzzing place with exciting football to graveyard shift at a library. What can be done to change this?
How Much Do We Need to Rip Up to Start Again? by Steve_M
That small amount of promise and hopefulness at the start of the year has been well and truly dashed and this looks like it’s going to be one of those frustrating seasons; one where Ipswich is competitive enough against all but the best sides in the division but just not good enough on a consistent basis to ever build the momentum necessary for a sustained promotion challenge.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]