Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

O'Neill: We need to be more creative

Single moment brilliance needed Ireland World Cup play-off James McClean second from right celebrates after scoring Ireland’s winner against Wales
Kristopher Love | 13 November, 2017, 18:04

To that end, Ireland must acknowledge that they may have to register more than a solitary goal in 90 minutes - something they've only done against Serbia and Moldova in this qualifying campaign.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph earlier this week., O'Neill said "the great managers try and get a reflection of themselves in their players" and this Ireland team are everything O'Neill and his assistant, Roy Keane would want them to be. We have to score goals to win the match. Denmark's home advantage between the two legs of the play-offs has been wiped out, but Ireland have plenty of work ahead of them still for two reasons.

Denmark have been held to a 0-0 draw at the Telia Parken stadium tonight in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup playoff against the Republic of Ireland. We also had the best chances and with a little bit more luck, we could have scored one.

After describing the game as "a physical battle", O'Neill said: "The players put a big effort into the game".

On the plus side, I have to put in a few words for out talisman at the back Shane Duffy, who was quite magnificent at the heart of the Ireland defence once again.

"We'll be hard to beat, disciplined", Duffy said.

The first target had to be making sure we were still in the game heading into the second leg and we will not play as poorly as we did in Copenhagen when we get to the Aviva Stadium. We're at home, we've got to go for it. It's about keeping the tempo for us and taking the chances we do get.

We may have missed an opportunity to get even more out of the away leg, but let's believe that we will all be celebrating when it matters most. Irish players have the same mentality, they have a very strong team spirit, they are together and we have to overcome that. "We'll try and stay in the game as long as we can and we're confident we can score goals against them at home".