Kevin Doyle hopes Italy will underestimate Republic of Ireland when the two countries meet in a World Cup qualifier on April 1.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi watched from the Croke Park stands as Republic struggled to a 2-1 victory over Georgia. The win put them level on points with the Italians at the top of Group Eight.
Doyle hopes the lacklustre performance will lure the world champions into a false sense of security.
"They (Italy) had their manager there last night, so I am glad we didn't play too well in front of him - we don't want him too worried about us," the Reading striker said.
"We want them to be pretty cocky and confident and not take us too seriously."
Ireland, coached by Lippi's compatriot Giovanni Trapattoni, had to come back from a goal down to win in Dublin.
After spending most of the game behind, a Robbie Keane penalty drew Ireland level before the Tottenham man struck his second five minutes later to grab all three points.
Doyle said: "We were worried for a while, but we stuck at it and kept going and we got the result, and that's what it's all about."
The 25-year-old also revealed that Keane was overjoyed to get back on the scoresheet after his well-publicised split with former club Liverpool.
"It's been a tough few weeks for him, but he was delighted in there. And to get another 90 minutes under his belt as well - he hasn't had many this season," he added.
"To get two goals - and it was a pressure penalty as well, and he sent the keeper the wrong way. It was a great penalty, he was delighted."