Clarets represented on worldwide duty for both Wales and Republic of Ireland

Georgia celebrate their equaliser

Republic boss O'Neill has turned to Arter for both games against the Austrians in the current campaign, a 1-0 win in Vienna and a 1-1 draw at Lansdowne Road, and could do once again with James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick both missing for Saturday's Group D clash with Georgia in Tbilisi.

Valeri Kazaishvili's 34th-minute finish brought the sides level and that's the way it stayed until the finish.

James McClean went close to a second for the visitors when he glanced Walters' cross just past the post five minutes later, but Randolph had to palm away full-back Giorgi Kakabadze's driven cross as Georgia responded.

Manager Martin O'Neill concurred that his side would have to improve ahead of Tuesday's fixture at the Aviva Stadium. "In a way we have to go and win the game, they might have a different game plan where they can afford a draw so it might suit us".

Republic of Ireland players

Ireland led after four minutes as the home side's protests over a stray elbow from Ciaran Clark catching Makaridze fell on deaf ears.

But Georgia dominated possession and took control of the game before Valeri Qazaishvili equalised after 34 minutes with a goal that seemed to knock the stuffing out of Ireland.

Shane Long's snapshot in the 31st minute flew just over the bar, while Duffy directed another header on target in the final moments of the half.

"We have to obviously play better and give the Serbians less room to play than we gave the Georgians tonight, particularly in the first-half".

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"Maybe it was too good a start and subconsciously we sat back way too much", he said. "It was always going to be tough but we had the chances to win it".

"Even if we'd won here, they still would have been top of the group with goal difference and it would have been as critical a game if we'd had won here". "We can use that as a positive for Tuesday that we probably created the better of the chances without playing well".

"Saying that I believe we're better, but tonight we didn't show that".

Ireland host Group D leaders Serbia on Tuesday knowing that victory would take them top and put them on course for next summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

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After Ireland's goal, they defended as if it was the 90th minute for the remainder of the game.

O'Neill made his move with 29 minutes remaining when he replaced the Bournemouth midfielder with winger Aiden McGeady, whose two goals in Tbilisi three years ago clinched a vital Euro 2016 qualifier victory.

A concerned O'Neill spent the early minutes of the second half camped in his technical area having chosen not to make any changes at the break, but no doubt sent his troops out under orders to hunt the ball down and attempt to retain it. They're a good side and we knew they were good at keeping the ball.

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