Stephen Ward is approaching Republic of Ireland's play-off match with Estonia as the biggest game of his career.
Ireland are just two games away from Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine with a side regarded by some pundits as relative international minnows in their way.
Estonia have never qualified for a major tournament, however, they are very much a nation on the up having finished ahead of the likes of Serbia and Slovenia in qualifying Group C.
Ireland were cruelly denied a place in the 2010 World Cup finals by France and they are keen to banish the memory of Thierry Henry's infamous handball.
It was the draw Ireland were hoping for, however, Ward insists no one in the camp is underestimating Estonia or taking the games lightly.
"You approach it as if it's the biggest game you are ever going to play in," he said.
"With the manager we have, there's no way any of us will underestimate them. They have come through quite a difficult group to get to the play-offs, so they have to be respected.
"We have got a chance of achieving something great for us as players, so we need to go out as if we are playing anyone in the world and make sure we do everything to the best of our ability."
With Ireland the favourites to advance at Estonia's expense, Ward knows it will become test of his team-mates' mental ability by staying strong.
"It's massive. A lot of the game is played in your head and you need to make sure that you are mentally strong for this week," he continued.
"People will probably put us down as favourites, but over the years I don't think Ireland have done too many things the easy way.
"We are just going to take it like we would every game, prepare right and make sure our minds are on the job and make sure that we go out there and we are 100 per cent ready for the task at hand."