Kilbane just happy to play his part

KEVIN KILBANE does not mind if he mostly only scores against the minnows – once he keeps helping Ireland to important qualification victories.

The Hull City midfielder bagged his third goal in three appearances against Andorra last night as he opened the scoring in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

Kilbane, 33, has also scored against San Marino and he was happy to add to his tally against the Andorrans.

“It’s nice to score of course and I read before the game that it’s two in two in the last campaign against them so it’s very pleasing to get us off the mark as well,” he said.

“They were three great goals. Robbie Keane took his well, Kevin Doyle’s was a tremendous strike, a great finish so there was three really great goals after mine.

“Shay couldn’t really do much about their goal. You can’t really do much like things like that in football, a shot from 25 yards – you can’t do much about that.

“Once we got the third I thought we could have got more, but I think we have to be happy with the 3-1 result really.”

Kilbane and Co will be focused on continuing on their 100% successful start to the qualifying campaign when they meet Russia and Slovakia next month.

The former Sunderland and Everton star expects a tougher challenge against the Russians next time out – especially after Dick Advocaat’s side lost to Slovakia last night.

“We knew that they had lost. It gives us a right good chance really,” he said.

“The Russia and Slovakia games are going to be really tough games, but we will go into those games with confidence now.

“I think we felt there was a real chance of getting six points from these two games and that’s been proven now. We’ve come out, had two good results and it’s a great start for us and hopefully we can just continue it.”

Midfielder Paul Green felt it was simply a case of job done for Giovanni Trapattoni’s men at the Aviva Stadium.

“It went well enough. It was about doing the job and getting another three points on board and we’ve done that,” he said.

The Derby County midfielder was happier with his performances against the Andorrans after a nervy competitive debut in Yerevan on Friday.

“I felt the Armenia game was tough for me. The climate was difficult to play in but it was different against Andorra ,” said Green.

“It was more comfortable for me and I went in there to break things up and I think I did that. I felt a lot better.

“I was a bit nervous early on against Armenia . I couldn’t get to grips with it early on. It was my first competitive game and maybe the nerves were showing.


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