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Paul Lennon

Jayson Molumby hoping Ireland are starting to peak as they aim to end Nations League campaign on a high

Jayson Molumby wants Ireland to build on June's two game revival as the side bids to sign off its Nations League campaign on a high.

But the West Bromwich Albion midfielder warns that it's crucial for Stephen Kenny's men to mix their tactical approach rather than simply relying on a passing and possession game.

Kenny didn't use Molumby at any stage of June's 1-0 away defeat to Armenia and the home reversal by Ukraine by the same scoreline that followed.

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However, in a bid to halt the team's embarrassing slide that had taken it to the foot of the group, the manager started Molumby ahead of Jeff Hendrick in the subsequent 3-0 home demolition of Scotland and the impressive 1-1 draw with Ukraine in Lodz.

Noticeably, the Irish were more pragmatic in their style in the latter two matches and the 23-year-old feels that this is central to the improvement ahead of Saturday's trip to Glasgow to face the Scots and Tuesday's home date with the Armenians.

"We didn't get off to a great start in this group , I think everyone knows that," stated Molumby.

"But we made some good changes for the Scotland and Ukraine games . There have been a lot of positives over the last couple of months.

"I'm hoping that we're starting to peak, starting to get a bit of consistency and form going now.

"Starting on Saturday, we need to continue in the way we played in the last two games."

The 14 times capped 23 year old from Cappoquin in County Waterford was satisfied with his impact against the Scots and Ukrainians.

"I think the manager wants the same as what he wants from all the midfielders, I presume.

"Obviously, I had a bit of energy and a bit of aggression and legs. I feel like I came in against Scotland and I felt that I did okay.

"I felt that I did well and I was happy enough with my performance.

Ireland’s Michael Obafemi celebrates with Jayson Molumby (©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

"Against Ukraine, I probably didn't affect the game as much. But we've probably, maybe got away from what it is being Irish in that level of aggressiveness and desire.

"Because, all of a sudden, we're playing nice football. So I think it's about finding the balance."

June's comprehensive win over the Scots in front of an official attendance of 46,947 - it appeared somewhat shy of this figure - was an experience that Molumby won't forget quickly.

"The last day at The Aviva against Scotland, the atmosphere was something that I've never experienced before.

"When I first came in to play for Ireland against Finland there were no fans at the Aviva.

"Since I was a kid, the goal was only playing for your country. You had a vision of packed out Aviva.

"I ended up playing 10 or 11 games with no fans. It was horrible.

"The fans are massive. They can get the best out of you. It’s an unbelievable feeling having fans, gives you that extra boost as player.

"Hampden will be a good experience but nothing that we have not faced before.

"I don't think they will be able to match that atmosphere at Hampden, to be fair.

"I'd expect them to feel a bit hurt after the last game, they should probably feel like that. I'd obviously expect a fast game, we're all up for it and we're raring to go."

Molumby's career curve started off with Brighton and Hove Albion from where he spent time on loan at Millwall, Preston North End and West Brom over the past two years without ever nailing down a slot with The Seagulls.

Ukraine’s Mykhailo Mudryk and Jayson Molumby of Ireland (©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

He feels that his international displays mirrored this constant change of club environment.

"For me, I came in early and, to be honest, maybe some of my performances at the start were not up to scratch. I wasn't playing at club level quite often.

"Now I feel that I'm playing at club level week in, week in, I feel confident, feel ready and that I'm after maturing. That's for me personally."

"I think I’ve had a good start to the season, I'm quite happy with how I’ve done. The move has helped.

"It can be quite a daunting experience when you’re young and you could be moving here or there, and not really knowing where you’re going to be living and different stuff. That side gets left out of it.

"I’m happy I’m somewhere where I’m enjoying living. I love the club, it’s a great club. Everyone there is lovely around the place. I’m really happy at West Brom."

And while The Baggies have made a sluggish start to the Championship season, he is upbeat about the prospects for Steve Bruce's outfit.

"It's been difficult, I suppose, because we have not got the results that we wanted. To be honest, you need a bit of luck in football and I don't think that we've had it.

"The table speaks for itself and we're in a business were we need to win games and climb up the table.

"But if you have watched the ten games then there is no way that we should be where we are.

"That is how it is, that's football. There are areas where we need to do better in."

If the latest senior international star from The Deise is making solid headway, he's delighted to see his fellow Waterford native Shane Griffin making headlines for Danny Searle's FAI Cup semi-finalists.

"Things are looking good for Waterford and they had a great win over Dundalk.

"Damien Duff is going down to Waterford with Shels, so we’ll see how he gets on.

"I know a few of the lads such as Shane Griffin. I played with Griffo growing up so it's good to see these lads doing well at home.

"Yeah, I’ll try!" added Molumby to his potential attendance at the Blue Riband decider on November 13.


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