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Black Cats defender says that Ireland must be clinical at Euro 2012 and suggests that set-pieces will be crucial to success at the tournament

John O'Shea believes that set pieces will be crucial for Ireland at Euro 2012 and the Sunderland man is even hoping to score from one in Group C.

"I’m hoping [a goal] might come in the group stage, fingers crossed," O'Shea told the Irish Examiner. "I do go up for corners, because we take turns — sometimes Sean [St Ledger] or Richard [Dunne] will go up."

He continued: "With the delivery we have I think that set pieces are going to be crucial for us."

And O'Shea believes that there is little use in being happy with 14 games unbeaten if they cannot score and win games.

"Fourteen games unbeaten is something we’re proud of," said defender. "But we know as well that we’re going to have to take our chances."

He continued: “We had a little bit of luck defensively against Hungary, but getting through the game without any major concerns for everyone was the most important thing.

"[The weather] made conditions a little bit tricky but thankfully for myself we kept a clean sheet, just about, and I got through the 90 minutes so it’s onwards and upwards in Poland now."

The 31-year-old former Manchester United player also stated that he felt fine having rested his ankle and subsequently coming through training sessions unscathed.

"You never say you’re 100 per cent sure but I knew once I’d trained four or five days beforehand I was going to be okay as such.

"But it’s always one of those things with the ankle — you can still go over on it at any stage, so I’m still going to have to keep an eye on it and then hopefully get through all the group games if selected and look forward to a good tournament,” concluded O'Shea.

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