Should Serbia lose, that will open the door to Wales and Ireland to possibly jump into the top-spot. "It wasn't really a battle where we had to properly defend and defend, we just had to make sure that we didn't give anything stupid away. Whatever we have done is not going to help us against Ireland".
Alan McLoughlin has spoken about his famous goal that sent Ireland to the World Cup in 1994.
He scored twice in Chisinau to see off Moldova a year ago and then hit the victor against Austria in Vienna last November.
The Welsh were clearly dominating proceedings, boasting 85% of possession in the opening 15 minutes, but Ireland began to settle into the tie with their more conservative approach. Davies then nodded over from the resulting corner as the home crowd began to find their voice again. His cross was aimed towards Harry Arter and McClean was coming in from behind.
Ireland gradually began to see more of the ball and they threatened for the first time in the 17th minute.
Had you asked any Irish fan at half-time would there be epic celebrations at full-time, you would have found few who thought so. But they're a good team, they're no mugs.
Wales dominated Ireland throughout, keeping possession, putting Ireland on the back foot but always lacked a killer instinct.
He said: "You've just got to keep believing".
Irish fans can happily forget about Kiev if Scotland fall short in Slovenia on Sunday evening. Wayne Hennessey rolled the ball out to Ashley Williams and the industrious Jeff Hendrick stole possession to set up McClean to lash home a victor for the third time in the campaign. However, he could not get his radar right, as he did against Everton last weekend, firing a poorly cleared corner over before miscuing a long throw from Cyrus Christie in the penalty area.
As Wales sought to deliver a swift response and Ireland shored up their defence, Davies, Robson-Kanu and Ramsey all had efforts that failed to cause problems for Randolph.
Shane Long has been ruled out with a hip injury, which means the two goal hero from Friday night, Daryl Murphy, is set to start up front for the must win game.