"I think both teams are going to go for it".
"And there are about six others I'd rather not have, but I am delighted to be in it".
England, who clinched first place in Group F last week, defeated Lithuania 1-0 with a goal by Harry Kane from the spot, while Slovakia prevailed in the battle for second place by beating Malta 3-0. We had to withstand pressure but we knew at some stage we would have to try to win the game and we did it. "It's a tough test, two good teams and Wales got to the semi-final of the European Championships". France are expected to win against Belarus and finish top, Sweden would then go into the play-offs and as things now stand they would be unseeded for the draw.
James McClean's 57th-minute victor meant Ireland go into the draw for the play-offs on 17 October, leaving Martin O'Neill celebrating one of the more satisfying nights of his time as national team manager.
"We missed Joe, he's critical to how we play and it affected us when he went off", said Coleman afterwards.
"It's a shame for us, a hard one, but we've got no complaints". I asked them to leave me alone as my contract has been running down and all the questions were getting asked.
"This was a huge game and a tough game, and we came out victorious".
HULL CITY'S David Meyler may be forced to sit out the first leg of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off encounter next month - but nothing will have wiped the sile off his face in Cardiff on Monday night. His energy... when you see James getting exhausted in a game with 10 minutes to go, you realise the rest of the players must be really exhausted because James just keeps going, keeps going.
A 2-0 win over Moldova at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night has given Ireland one final chance, which they must take.