Roy Keane has urged his team to do whatever it takes to get the result they are looking for when they take on Italy ahead of their final group match at Euro 2016.
The Irish face Group E leaders Italy – needing a win to secure their passage to the next round of the tournament, following a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Belgium and a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Sweden in their opening game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Manchester United midfielder encouraged his players to not shy away from getting stuck in against Antonio Conte's side.
"My advice would be to take them out. We saw Italy do it against Belgium where a player got a yellow card when they were breaking on the halfway line.
"He then kicked the ball out. You have to be street wise in this game. We are not here to make friends – the fans are doing that. If you can hold the ball up then fantastic. If you smell danger then you do whatever you can to get the right result.
"When you're chasing the ball, the concentration levels can be down and that's when you make mistakes so it's important to keep hold of the ball.
Keane also highlighted the major difference between the two teams – citing the experience and technical superiority of the Italians.
"We have to get to the levels where players can play three big games in 10 days. Some players won't be used to that and that's where experience counts.
"Many of the Italians play big Champions League games and they're used to it. We want to get our lads to that level.
"When you're not at your best you get punished. We are up against quality players and quality players will punish you," Keane concluded.