Needed to have won that by 6 to put some real pressure on Serbia. As it is probably just as well we go into Cardiff with little expected. Best we will do is a draw but if Wales do manage to gift us a win to avoid a big qualifier let-down/beating we would need Serbia & Georgia to do a Bulgaria-Scotland.
In the bigger picture I wouldn’t want to see this Irish team in the finals, it would make the Poland-Ukraine finals look like a glory era. MON will of course set us up hoping, in that most depressing of soccer sayings, ‘to nick one’, whilst Wales won’t over-commit because a draw will do to an extent. This could be a thoroughly dull and extremely uninspiring game, even by recent standards.