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Published: 16:36 | 10/10/16

Hoolahan: It's a great start

Wes Hoolahan expects the Republic of Ireland to encounter disappointments in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign but is hopeful they will reach the finals in Russia.

Ireland have made a good start to their Group D campaign with two wins and a draw with the 3-1 defeat of Moldova coming just hours after Wales could only manage a draw with Georgia.

Having enjoyed his first taste of a major tournament at Euro 2016 Hoolahan is eager to repeat the experience and is confident Ireland can reach the finals.

"It's a great start. There are going to be disappointments in the group at some stage - you see Wales drawing with Georgia. It's going to be a difficult group, but at the moment it's good," Hoolahan said.

"The experience we had in France and getting out of the group stage and doing so well, we are looking forward to hopefully getting out of this group, which is a tough group, and qualifying for the World Cup."

Hoolahan returned to the starting line-up against Moldova after being named on the bench for the defeat of Georgia and he was pleased to play a role in Ireland's opening goal.

"It's nice to play for your country, it's always an honour," He said.

"To run out there in the green is brilliant and to get involved in the first goal. But the most important thing is the three points. The last two games, six points is a good tally."

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