Republic of Ireland boss Martin ONeill will not gamble on James McCarthys fitness as he looks for a first victory of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. [url=http://www.redsgearshop.com/Reds-Matt-Harvey-Kids-Jersey/]Matt Harvey Jersey[/url] . Midfielder McCarthy has not kicked a ball for Everton since August 23 and missed the opening qualifier in Serbia after undergoing groin surgery, and he met up with his country on Sunday with club manager Ronald Koeman urging Ireland to look after him.ONeill is adamant he will not risk a player who is a key member of his strongest team unless he is convinced he is fully fit ahead of Thursday nights game at the Aviva Stadium with a trip to Moldova to follow three days later. Ive been involved in club management for quite some considerable time, less so as an international manager, he said. I have never played anyone who has arrived and not been properly fit, against their will to play.That has never been the case and, in fact, as an international manager, Ive been pretty lenient about those particular things. Republic of Ireland manager Martin ONeill speaks ahead of Thursdays World Cup Qualifier against Georgia ONeill has seen McCarthy step up training since his arrival in Dublin and will make further checks on Thursday morning before making a final decision.I would listen to the player, and the player has come over here and trained, he said. He hasnt played for a couple of weeks.Would fitness be a concern? Of course. Lasting the match would be a concern. But if the injury has cleared up, I wouldnt see that as a problem.The Republic needed a late Daryl Murphy equaliser in Belgrade to secure a 2-2 draw with Serbia, and know there will be little margin for error in this double header if they want to make it to the finals in Russia.They took six points from Georgia during the last campaign, but played two closely fought encounters and ONeill is expecting much the same again.Anyone who watched the matches over the last couple of years will know its a difficult game. Georgia will take points from teams, without doubt, ONeill said.Every result is important, every game is important and we have got to be ready. We have never been in a position to treat any team lightly, and we certainly wont treat Georgia like that because they have got some excellent players. Martin ONeill insists he and his players will not be taking Georgia lightly when they meet in Dublin The Georgians, ranked 137th by FIFA, also have an experienced coach in Slovakian Vladimir Weiss, who guided his native country to their first-ever major tournament finals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.But ONeill, who took 31st-placed Ireland to Euro 2016 in France this summer, insists it will be the players and not the managers who will ultimately make the difference.Sitting alongside captain Seamus Coleman, the 64-year-old said: Im not inexperienced myself, you know. If you ask me have I enjoyed international management, yes I have and one of the main reasons I have enjoyed it is becausewe have qualified.We qualified for France and we had some really great performances out there, including beating Italy. But I dont look at it like that.The most important thing is sometimes forgotten in this day and age: the game is about players and that has to be recognised sometime again.You are asking about enjoyment and I have had a really excellent career as a player and a manager. I have enjoyed it. Which have I enjoyed most? Playing.Seamus might be at some stage or another taking his coaching badges - I hope he takes them when hes 49 and plays as long as he can because playing is the best thing you can do, honestly, it really is. This is second best by a good way. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ?￡6.99. No contract. Injury newsAs well as concerns over McCarthy, Murphy is out with a calf problem, while goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has a thigh injury.Meanwhile, Anthony Pilkington is also expected to miss out along with fellow midfielder Stephen Quinn (knee damage).In addition, winger Aiden McGeady is struggling with a hamstring strain, striker Kevin Doyle is nursing a sore ankle and Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is awaiting the results of a scan on his groin. Highlights from Group D as Serbia faced Republic of Ireland in the European Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup StatsThe Republic have won all seven of their previous internationals with Georgia, most recently meeting in Euro 2016 qualifiersGeorgia have scored just once in four previous visits to the Republic, through a first-minute goal from Alexander Iashvili in February 2009Three of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended 2-1 to the Republic.Georgia have won just one of their last eight internationals, though this was against Spain in June (D2 L5).The Republic have scored in the opening 10 minutes in each of their last three internationals.ONeill has lost just one of his last 14 home matches in charge of the Republic (W8 D5)ONeill is yet to lose a home competitive match (W4 D2) Republic striker Daryl Murphy is out with a calf problem Charlies predictionThis is another potentially dangerous tie but the Irish have always been quite good at these sort of games where you have to go out and break a team down.These are the matches where you look to your talisman and while Robbie Keane has been out of the side for a while I think theyll miss him.I think Daryl Murphy, with his physical attributes, wouldve started in this if he was fit, along with Shane Long, who will stretch a side but is not a great finisher.The guy Im interested in is Wes Hoolahan. I think Martin ONeill and Roy Keane like to have him in home games and Longs movement gives him the space to be effective. Charlie predicts: 2-0 and Wes Hoolahan to score first (20/1 with Sky Bet)BettingRepublic are just 2/5 with Sky Bet to secure the victory, with Georgia 9/1, while the draw is priced at 100/30.Thursdays clash is considered a must-win one for the hosts, with Georgia rated 250/1 outsiders to win Group D, while ONeills men are fourth in the market at 9/2.Shane Long heads the first goalscorer betting at 100/30 and is enhanced from 7/1 to 10/1 to score a brace in Sky Bets Price Boosts, while Vladimir Dvalishvili is rated the visitors main threat at 10/1 to net first.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! [url=http://www.redsgearshop.com/Reds-Jose-Peraza-Kids-Jersey/]Jose Peraza Jersey[/url] . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. 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"Its great," Raffl said. "If we get that together over 60 minutes, I think we are a really hard team to beat. I think everybody wants us to play better over 60 minutes. It makes it a lot easier than going in a goal down in the last period and trying to fight back. It takes a lot of energy." Brock Nelson, Brian Strait, John Tavares and Cal Clutterbuck scored for New York, which had won eight of nine on the road and five of six overall. "This one stings," Tavares said. "Its disappointing, especially with the way we played in the first two periods. Weve got to bounce back." On the day he signed a $12.3 million, three-year contract extension, Flyers goalie Steve Mason was yanked from the game after allowing four goals on 24 shots. Ray Emery stopped the five shots he faced to earn the win in relief. The Flyers are 24-12-5 since a 1-7 start. Raffl fired a shot past goalie Kevin Poulin after a backhanded, drop pass from Giroux to make it 5-4. Read added an empty-net goal. The Flyers tied it at 4 when Voracek ripped a one-timer from the high slot past Poulin. Giroux also set that up with a perfect, backhanded pass. "We played a really good third period," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "We came out, got the puck in deep, and worked them down low, but the first two periods were inexcusable." Nelson and Strait scored 2:55 apart to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Islanders lead in the second period. Nelson deflected Calvin de Haans slap shot past Mason. Strait then fired a slap shot just inside the far post, sending Mason to the bench. Hall scored 3:45 into the second period to give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead. Haall deflected Mark Streits slap shot over Poulins shoulder for just his second goal in 47 games. [url=http://www.redsgearshop.com/Reds-Johnny-Bench-Kids-Jersey/]Johnny Bench Jersey[/url]. Mason preserved the lead when he stoned Michael Grabner on a 2-on-1 breakaway, sliding right-to-left and kicking the puck away with his left skate. Shortly afterward, Tavares scored the tying goal but it was waved off because Thomas Vanek fell into Mason in the crease. Less than three minutes after the Flyers fell behind 2-0, Meszaros scored his first goal. His shot from the bottom of the left circle hit Poulins pad and went between his legs. Meszaros made a nifty move to score his second goal and fourth of the season. He faked a shot from the top of the circle, skated around a defender and lifted one into the top corner for his third career two-goal game. A healthy scratch 20 times this season, Meszaros has turned into an offensive force since returning to the lineup. He has three goals and eight assists in the last 10 games. "The first goal, I just tried to shoot it at the net, and I got kind of a lucky bounce," Meszaros said. "The second goal, (Scott Hartnell) found me there. Their guy went down, so I just went around him and just picked a corner. It was kind of open high there so thats where I shot." Tavares gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead, beating Mason with a wrist shot after a turnover by Philadelphia defenceman Nicklas Grossmann. Another turnover by the Flyers led to Clutterbucks short-handed goal. Voracek misplayed the puck at the point, Frans Nielsen skated down the left side and centred a pass to Clutterbuck for a wrister that beat Mason. "I thought we did some really good things through two," Islanders defenceman Andrew MacDonald said. "We just didnt generate anything in the third, and we just cant have these lapses. Were playing well as of late, and these things cant keep re-occurring." NOTES: Philadelphia is 15-2-2 in the past 19 games vs. the Islanders. ... The Flyers have allowed eight short-handed goals. ... The Islanders are 3-11-3 against the Metropolitan Division. .. The Islanders fell to 17-5-2 when they score at least three goals. ... Meszaros last scored two goals in a game on April 9, 2011, against the Islanders. 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