The Republic of Ireland are top of their World Cup qualifying group after four matches, but coach Martin O’Neill believes there’s still a long way to go before the World Cup.
Ireland drew their first game against Serbia, but have gone on to record wins against Georgia, Moldova and most recently Austria to top Group D.
And despite their 1-0 win over Austria, O’Neill believes beaten opponents Austria are still in the mix to reach the tournament – along with Serbia and Wales.
“Austria naturally will be disappointed because they’ve dropped all three points here,” O’Neill said after the match.
“They drew at home here with Wales, and got beaten by Serbia. But something tells me they still have a chance.
“We’ve always believed this group will be tight and I think that teams will still take points off each other.
“I’m genuinely pleased we won the game, really pleased to have 10 points from four matches, but [qualification] is still a million miles away.”
Ireland host Wales in their next qualifying game in March, with Chris Coleman’s visitors four points off the pace as it stands.