Republic of Ireland tactics 'clueless' against Denmark, says Keith Andrews

Republic of Ireland tactics 'clueless' against Denmark, says Keith Andrews

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan warms-up before the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Denmark has qualified for the 2018 World Cup, and Christian Eriksen played the role of the hero.

In the first leg against Denmark, his side had just 28% possession, while Southampton striker Shane Long, who has 17 worldwide goals, started on the bench for both games.

It was Denmark who got the next goal as Eriksen found the back of the net with a composed finish to complete his hat-trick.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill made two changes at the break as his team tried to chase the game.

Martin O'Neill bemoaned the Republic of Ireland's missed opportunities in the first half but admitted that Denmark deserved their victory as they won 5-1 in Dublin on Tuesday. "We obviously got off to a great start and perhaps James second goal (had he scored) might have made a big difference in the game", he said. We got the ball, we played better than the first game.

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"We're really disappointed", O'Neill said following the heavy defeat.

"Clueless. Absolutely clueless. To allow the players like they have the space, the time, in the key areas of the pitch, even the substitutions, Ciaran Clark coming off - unless he's injured - with Ward going to centre-half, I really don't know what I've witnessed".

"We can not ignore that Eriksen delivered an incredible performance and probably played his best worldwide game, in my opinion", Bendtner told reporters. "We were well beaten in the end by a side who are technically better than us". We were more effective than in Parken, the effectiveness is very important in football.

Former Leicester and Celtic manager O'Neill's defensive style of play has often been criticised and his side scored three or more goals in a single game just once in their 12 qualifying and play-off matches.

"There is two-on-one for a corner and Harry gets beaten but we should still be able to clear the ball and we haven't done that and the next goal is a comedy of mistakes". In the end we have lost a playoff game to take us to a World Cup.

Denmark's Andreas Christensen takes a shot that went in off Cyrus Christie for their first goal.

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