Doherty aims for six points
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Republic of Ireland's Gary Doherty is confident that his side will qualify for the World Cup.Republic of Ireland's Gary Doherty is confident that his side will qualify for the World Cup.
The Irish have travelled to Cyprus for Saturday's game, and face the Swiss at Lansdowne Road next Wednesday knowing that nothing less than six points from the two games will do.
"You never know how results are going to pan out but six points is what we need and definitely what we're looking for," said Doherty.
Brian Kerr's side must win both games to have a chance of progressing to a play off against another group runner up, but Doherty insists that the squad have prepared perfectly.
"We're not really feeling the pressure. I think being away from Ireland is helping as we don't get to see everything in the press putting the pressure on us," he explained.
"We know this is the biggest game we've had for ages and three points are vital so we've just got to go into it positive."
Norwich player Doherty faces competition for a place in attack from Kevin Doyle at Reading and Sunderland's Stephen Elliott.
"Elliott did very well in Faroes and Doyley has been doing great at Reading so I think the three of us are vying to be Robbie's partner and we'll just have to wait and see who gets it," Doherty declared.