Updated: Andrews – it hasn’t sunk in yet
KEITH Andrews has admitted Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 Euro 2012 play-off victory in Estonia hadn’t sunk in yet.
The Ipswich Town midfielder played a starring role in the fantastic away win which virtually booked Ireland’s qualification for next summer’s tournament.
Andrews scored one and made one on a perfect night for Irish football against a woeful Estonian side who ended with just nine men.
Speaking after the game to Sky Sports, the Blues loanee said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It is hard to believe we have come here and won 4-0. To get four goals away from home is a fantastic result.”
With Tuesday night’s second leg surely a mere formality, Andrews added: “If we keep a clean sheet, it will be a fantastic result. The country has been waiting for this for a long time.”
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Andrews scored with a first half header before former Town striker Jon Walters nodded in the all-important second in his first competitive start – in between, Estonia having Andrei Stepanov sent off.
Robbie Keane added a third, latching onto the rebound after Andrews’ free-kick was saved before the LA Galaxy striker stroked home a penalty with their shell-shocked opponents having a second man, Raio Piiroja, shown a red card.
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Speaking after the game to Sky Sports, Keane paid tribute to the Town midfielder, saying: “Keith was super from the start, the whole campaign. Today, he drove us on from the middle of the park.
“Full credit to the players. To come here and win 4-0 was a great result.”
Meanwhile, Tamas Priskin did his chances of impressing Paul Jewell no harm at all after scoring twice inside the first 20 minutes during Hungary’s 5-0 win over Liechtenstein.
The Ipswich Town striker bagged two quick-fire goals as Hungary enjoyed a big win in the international friendly, played in memory of former European Footballer of the Year Florian Albert.
Priskin, a surprise starter for the Blues during last week’s home defeat against Doncaster, twice went close to grabbing a hat-trick.
But it will still be a massive confident boost for the striker ahead of next Saturday’s testing trip to Nottingham Forest.
There was worse news for Carlos Edwards whose hopes of playing at another World Cup are already over following Trinidad and Tobago’s 2-1 defeat in Guyana in the second qualifying round of the 2014 competition.