Republic of Ireland’s Shay Given hoping to face 'somebody easy' in Euro 2012 play-off

Giovanni Trapattoni’s men have been seeded in the top half of the qualifiers, and the Aston Villa 'keeper is sure of progressing no matter who they face in the next round

Shay Given is confident that the Republic of Ireland will be able to overcome any side they are drawn against in the play-off round of qualifiers for Euro 2012, but is hoping to come up against "somebody easy".

Giovanni Trapattoni's men managed to overcome Armenia with a 2-1 victory in order to finish second in their group behind Russia on Tuesday night, keeping their hopes of qualification alive.

Ireland have been seeded in the top half of the draw so are set to face Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia or Montenegro but Given is confident they will be able to qualify whoever they are drawn against.

When asked who he wanted to face, Given told Skysports: "Somebody easy.

"We will just take it on the chin. Whoever we play will know they are in for a very tough game when they come here, and we will give them a tough game at their home place as well.

"Please God, we can get across the line this time and get through the play-offs."

Given and his team-mates did come by some luck as they overcame Armenia, as the visiting goalkeeper, Roman Berezovsky, was dubiously sent off early after he was judged to have handled outside the area.

Also, Armenian defender Valeri Aleksanyan opened the scoring for the home side by turning the ball into his own net.

Commenting on the luck his side received during in the vital match, Given said: “I was a long way off, but it looked to me like handball. But people are then saying it maybe hit him in the chest.

"I don't know, but maybe we are due a little bit of luck. We got a little bit, but we scored a couple of good goals and we are just happy.

"Sometimes you have just got to enjoy it and we will enjoy the victory and we will enjoy getting 21 points in the group.

"It's been a long campaign and hopefully we can finish it off next month."