DAVID Forde insists the Republic of Ireland's qualifier against world champions Germany is by no means a "foregone conclusion".
The Millwall goalkeeper has set his sights on an unlikely clean sheet in Gelsenkirchen, where the two nations meet in a Euro 2016 Group D match on Tuesday night.
Forde was a bystander as Ireland thrashed Gibraltar 7-0 at the weekend by the 34-year-old knows he could now hold the key to what would be a shock result for Martin O'Neill's side.
The Lions stopper will be hoping to thwart the likes of Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller, Real Madrid's Toni Kroos and Chelsea's André Schürrle at the Vetlins Arena.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Forde said: "After the World Cup Germany might be in a celebratory mode and in a bit of transition as well.
"In football it is never a foregone conclusion, there are always shocks and upsets, that's the beauty of the game.
"We are going to go there in a positive frame of mind, the players are looking forward to the game and excited about it.
"We are playing the world champions. We are in a good place as a team, we are all pushing in the right direction.
"First things first we need to put in a good performance on Tuesday night.
"We would be looking to get three points, that would be absolutely massive but we need to go over there with the mindset of frustrating them.
"They are a confident side but if we ruffle their feathers, we can get at them and that can be a weakness too."