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Republic of Ireland picked up their first Nations League point against Denmark

Last Updated: 13/10/18 11:14pm








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Manager Martin O’Neill shares his thoughts on the Republic of Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Denmark in their Nations League clash

Manager Martin O’Neill shares his thoughts on the Republic of Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Denmark in their Nations League clash

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill says Denmark were the side holding on after his side claimed their first point in the Nations League with a goalless draw in Dublin on Saturday night.

Denmark, who saw Simon Kjaer’s header cleared off the line in the second half, brought on Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen for the final 10 minutes as they looked to secure the point to take them to the top of Group B4.

And O’Neill, who admitted his side need to do more going forward, was satisfied with the result and performance.

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He said: “When we get the ball and play it, we look absolutely fine. I thought the very fact Denmark made the substitution they did, with Christensen, a top-class defender, coming on for the centre-forward… perhaps maybe Denmark were hanging on for a point in the end.

“We allowed Denmark too much possession early on, they grew into the game whereas we were sitting back. We have to create a few more chances. That said, I don’t think Denmark created too many chances.

“The clean sheet was very important – rebuilding again, giving us that confidence again.”

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Highlights of the UEFA Nations League group match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark

Highlights of the UEFA Nations League group match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark

Ireland were boosted by the return of Shane Long, who played 83 minutes against the Danes.

The Southampton striker had been a doubt for the game due to an ankle knock but O’Neill was impressed with the 31-year-old’s contribution.

“I thought he did very well,” O’Neill said. “I knew his fitness was going to be a problem, but he lasted much longer than I thought he would do.

“His contribution, considering the limited amount of time he has played at club level, he did very well.”

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