Martin O’Neill does not use words like revenge, but he will be looking for redemption against Wales as the pressure on the Republic of Ireland manager continues to build on the back of a poor start to the League of Nations campaign.
Ireland were thrashed 4-1 in Cardiff last month on the back of arguably their worst performance of O’Neill’s five-year reign and the criticism has rarely halted since.
Even in the aftermath of a creditable draw against Denmark on Saturday night, there are those in Ireland who argue O’Neill will be in danger of being dismissed if Ireland lose to a Wales side, deprived of its two best players, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, again tomorrow night.
O’Neill does not believe that will be the case and, privately, the Football Association of Ireland are more inclined to allow him to carry on until the end of the European Championship qualification campaign, but that stance could well change if public and media pressure demands it.
Certainly, another heavy defeat would be hugely damaging to O’Neill, just a year after he was lauded for a win in Wales that secured them second place in the World Cup qualification group and a play-off place.
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