Optimistic Martin O'Neill eyes home comforts in play-off second leg
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Optimistic Martin O'Neill eyes home comforts in play-off second leg

MARTIN O'Neill insists his Republic of Ireland side must make the most of having home advantage in the second leg of their Euro 2016 play-off tie with Bosnia.

Ireland travel to the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica for the first leg on Friday, November 13, before the return fixture at the Aviva Stadium on Monday, November 16.

O’Neill will be without suspended duo Jon Walters and John O'Shea for the first leg and is therefore expecting a tough encounter, but he's in an optimistic mood following the draw.

“If there’s any slight advantage to be had maybe it’s our second game being played in Dublin,” said the former Celtic boss. “But, that said, we need to perform out in Bosnia to make sure that second game means something and that will not be easy but we’re there and we have a chance.

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"We will give it absolutely everything we have got to get to France. We've got a few problems to negotiate, we've got a couple of suspensions that are there. Who knows what might happen in the next couple of weeks – injuries are always a possibility.

"Whatever comes we will go for it. We will give it absolutely everything we have got to get to France.

"We had terrific results against Germany, the draw out in Germany and a home win, and because that's so recent we can draw real confidence from it."