"The smile is back on everyone's face" - Marc Wilson after Keane hat-trick

Ireland realigned their World Cup qualification campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands, putting to bed any regrets over Austria's late equaliser in spring
By Micil Glennon

Republic of Ireland full-back Marc Wilson says World Cup qualification is back on track after the 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.

The Boys in Green are now joint-second in Group C on 11 points along with Austria who beat Sweden 2-1. Asked if the 2-2 draw with Austria in March, when the Republic conceded an injury-time equaliser, was out of the system, the defender told Goal Ireland: “Yeah, definitely. [After] the Austria game, every one of the lads and the supporters alike were disappointed, after being 2-1 up and so close to getting the three points.

“But after the win tonight it’s put a smile back on everyone’s face. Hopefully we can go into the next game [against Sweden in September] and get a win.”

Austria remain ahead of the Republic with a goal difference of plus 10 to Ireland’s plus two, and the ex-Portsmouth man felt that they could have gained some more ground on Marcel Koller’s side.

He said: “That’s football – you’ve got to take your chances. The main thing was to get the three points obviously. We scored a few goals tonight. I thought the lads did really well, especially Robbie, got his hat-trick. He’s been a terrific servant. All I can say is fair play to him.”