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Kenny gives backing to young strike duo

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny says he has full confidence in Adam Idah and Aaron Connolly to score goals in order to end the nation's miserable run of form.

The Boys in Green travel to Baku to face Azerbaijan on Saturday and they are available at 6/5 to win with the hosts currently at 5/2 and a draw priced at 21/10.

Kenny desperate for wins

It has been a very difficult introduction to life in the Ireland hot seat for Kenny who has won just one of his 16 games in charge - a 4-1 friendly win against Andorra.

A shock 1-0 defeat against Luxembourg in March put Ireland on the back foot while a Shane Duffy goal had to rescue a point against Azerbaijan at the Aviva Stadium last month.

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It means Ireland sit on two points after five games and only have a very slim chance of reaching the play offs.

Goalscoring has been the main issue, as only 11 goals have been scored in Kenny's 16 games.

Kenny has faith in duo

Norwich's Idah and Brighton's Connolly have been consistently selected by the manager but neither have registered a senior international goal thus far.

However, Kenny believes both have the ability to break their respective ducks.

"He's the record goalscorer through the under-age teams, so he is a natural goalscorer, but he just hasn't been able to take one for the senior international team yet," Kenny said about Idah. "I'm sure that's a matter of time."

On Connolly, who had two penalty claims waved away in the defeats against Serbia and Portugal, the ex-Dundalk boss added: "They were certain penalties that weren't given and he was fouled twice, so those are the margins from that point of view."

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