Wes Hoolahan is targeting a trip to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after having his appetite whetted by the Republic of Irelands Euro 2016 adventure. Martin ONeills side reached the last-16 in France and gave the hosts a run for their money before bowing out of the competition and 34-year-old Hoolahan, one of the stars of that campaign, is hungry for more. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. The Republic of Ireland cemented an encouraging start to their qualification bid when they took their Group D points tally to seven from a possible nine with a 3-1 victory in Moldova on Sunday, hours after rivals Wales could only draw at home to Georgia. Hoolahan said: Its a great start. There are going to be disappointments in the group at some stage - you see Wales drawing with Georgia. Its going to be a difficult group, but at the moment its good. Highlights from the Republic of Ireland’s Group D World Cup qualifier against Moldova. The experience we had in France and getting out of the group stage and doing so well, we are looking forward to hopefully getting out of this group, which is a tough group, and qualifying for the World Cup. James McClean scored twice in the 3-1 win in Moldova Hoolahan played a key role in setting the ball rolling for the Republic at the Stadionul Zimbru when, with just 116 seconds on the clock, he slid a perfectly-weighted pass into Shane Longs path and saw the striker end an 18-game drought for club and country in confident style. Martin ONeill claims he is happy with the performance of his side as they beat Moldova 3-1 Striker Igor Bugaev stunned the visitors by pouncing on defensive laxity to level on the stroke of half-time, but James McCleans double after the break proved decisive. Republic of Irelands James McClean celebrates Norwich playmaker Hoolahan, who was a frustrated spectator against Georgia on Thursday evening, said: Its nice to play for your country, its always an honour.To run out there in the green is brilliant and to get involved in the first goal. But the most important thing is the three points. The last two games, six points is a good tally. Captain Seamus Coleman claims the three points against Moldova are what mattered Moldova is a difficult place to come, but we managed to get the three points, which is the most important thing.We started the game really well and could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up before they got the goal before half-time. We had a few words at half-time saying we needed to be better and in the second half, and we came out and got the two goals.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! 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Happs hold on a spot in the Blue Jays starting rotation is in question.Aston Villa boss Remi Garde praised his sides attitude despite seeing them slip to a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham. Harry Kane scored twice, either side of half-time, to earn Mauricio Pochettinos side all three points and leave Villa bottom of the table, nine points from safety.However, while Garde was frustrated by certain aspects of the performance, he refused to criticise their spirit and desire. I think defensively we didnt play well enough not to concede goals because we know in our current situation that conceding goals makes us very fragile, he told Sky Sports.But then, even though we were 2-0 down we had the spirit to fight and create opportunities and we missed a little bit of luck, probably because that is the way the season of Aston Villa is going.The former Lyon manager was disappointed with the manner in which his team conceded the first goal though as they were caught out by a quick free-kick before letting in a second just after the break.It is the worst time to concede a goal [just after half-time]] but I was very upset with the first one because we lost concentration, added Garde.dddddddddddd Tottenham secured a 2-0 win despite Villas best efforts All the opportunities that Tottenham had in this game we gave them. 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