‘We’re expecting a test’: Wales’ David Brooks is braced for Republic of Ireland backlash in Dublin
- Wales face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday in the UEFA Nations League
- Ireland will be looking to respond after losing 4-1 in Cardiff last month
- Wales were beaten 4-1 by Spain on Friday and will be determined to bounce back
Wales expect Republic of Ireland to have revenge in mind in Dublin on Tuesday but David Brooks is aiming to repeat the result from Cardiff last month.
Ryan Giggs’s side beat Ireland 4-1 in their opening Nations League clash and ahead of the reverse fixture Brooks believes Wales can win again by taking the attacking initiative.
Brooks has been in sparkling form, scoring twice in two games for Bournemouth and coming off the bench against Spain to set up Sam Vokes’s consolation on Thursday night.
David Brooks featured as a substitute as Wales suffered a 4-1 defeat against Spain
Ryan Giggs’ side will be determined to respond when they play the Republic of Ireland
Wales have a full session on Sunday and Giggs will make a call on Gareth Bale before flying on Monday. It appears unlikely Bale will play in Dublin but Brooks remains confident.
‘They’ll want to put right what happened at our place, try and get a bit of revenge for it,’ said the 21-year-old. ‘So we’re expecting a tough test and hopefully we can get the same result again.
‘I’m enjoying my football. If you come on as a sub, you’ve got to make an impact and hopefully I did that against Spain. I think everyone in the squad is trying to get a start. It’s tough for places, everyone’s training well so we’ll just have to see what the gaffer does.’
Giggs will lean on Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for creativity against Ireland
Brooks wants his team to play on the front foot, having been visibly frustrated at backwards passes against Spain. ‘You’ve got to feel confident in yourself to come on and make a difference and try and go forward as much as I can,’ he said having been introduced at the interval.
Giggs will also lean on Aaron Ramsey for creativity and the Arsenal midfielder has additional motivation after his club withdrew the offer of a new contract. Chris Gunter believes Arsenal have made a mistake.
‘I don’t think he has got anything to prove to anyone at that club,’ said Gunter. ‘If you look at his record, he’s one of the highest scoring midfielders they have ever had.
‘If they do lose him then they need to spend quite a bit of money to replace him. I don’t think he would be short of offers.’
Brooks was left frustrated at back passes against Spain.
‘You’ve got to feel confident in yourself to come on and make a difference and try and go forward,’ he added.