IRELAND lead their qualifying group on goal difference thanks to last night’s win at Lansdowne Road.
However, with Slovakia having beaten Russia earlier in the evening, the battle for the top of Group B has become a lot more interesting.
Goals from Kevin Kilbane, Kevin Doyle, and Robbie Keane, gave Ireland a convincing, if underwhelming, victory in the first competitive game at the AVIVA Stadium.
However, Skilbane is wary of the arrival of the Russians next month, knowing they are now desperate for points to reignite their qualification hopes.
“Russia will be coming here now a wounded animal and wanting to really put us under a lot of pressure to try to get their campaign back on track.”