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Welcome to Hell! Coleman wants 'intimidating' Aviva crowd for Euro 2016 playoff

“Best fans in the world” can make Dublin a tricky task for Ireland’s playoff opponents.

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SEAMUS COLEMAN BELIEVES that the return of the Lansdowne Roar can give Ireland an edge in their Euro 2016 playoff.

The Boys in Green missed out on automatic qualification with a 2-1 defeat in Poland last night and instead go into the hat for next Sunday’s draw.

It was a disappointing end to the campaign, just three days after Shane Long stunned Germany and rocked the Aviva Stadium.

“We’re just disappointed we couldn’t finish the job off,” Coleman said.

“There’s been times we might have looked as if we were out of it completely so we’ll regroup again, get the fans right behind us like they were on Thursday and here again.

It’ll be hard for any team that’s drawn against us.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t go through automatically but the manager said we’ve got to keep going, and go again. We have a very important month coming up.”

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He added: “I thought the Aviva (against Germany) was the best I’ve heard it in a long, long time.

“The fans play a massive part, the best fans in the world, and they showed that on Thursday night.

If we can get them behind us and make it intimidating for whatever team comes, we have a great chance.

It was the in-form striker in world football, Robert Lewandowski, who headed in Poland’s winner — and his 13th goal of the qualifying campaign.

“That’s the top players, that’s why they’re so good,” Coleman said.

“He might have been quiet for a lot of the game but he popped up with a goal when they needed it.

“I wish Poland good luck. They did well but we’re disappointed.”

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