GIBRALTAR manager Allen Bula said his players are ‘up for the challenge’ ahead of tonight’s European Qualifying match against Ireland. 

The Group D game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin will be their first competitive away game, following last months seven goal Polish pummelling.

Bula highlighted Aiden McGeady and Robbie Keane as Ireland’s main danger men and said his team would have to show a stronger resilience than they did against Poland.

He said: “It is going to be a tough test again for my players, especially in a stadium that looks to be packed, but it’s about keeping talking to them, making them believe in themselves.”

The 50,000 capacity Aviva Stadium will be a change for the Gibraltarian team, who played in front of just 1,200 people at the Estadio do Algarve in Faro last month.

Bula said his team will have to adapt to the change in surroundings quickly.

He said: “They have only got 30 seconds to take in the atmosphere and after 30 seconds, they’ve got to snap out of it.”

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