Martin O’Neill defends his team’s style ahead of tonight’s play-off

Republic of Ireland boss, Martin O’Neill, has come to the defence of his side as they prepare for their World Cup play-off second leg against Denmark. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, O’Neill dismissed claims that his side were guilty of parking the bus in the first leg.

 

Saturday’s game in Copenhagen ended in a goalless draw. Talking to the media ahead of tonight’s kick-off at the Aviva Stadium, O’Neill said: “It would be lovely to have a prolific goalscorer in the side. If you don’t have that, then you have to try to find other ways.”

 

Denmark midfielder, Thomas Delaney, described attempting to break Ireland down like trying to “open a can of baked beans with your bare hands”. Middlesbrough keeper, Darren Randolph, impressed in the opening leg as he made countless saves to keep his side in the game.

 

A defiant O’Neill insisted he is simply working with what he’s got in terms of selection: “That is what we have been trying to do, we have been trying to find ways for the last couple of years to win matches when we don’t maybe possess that [goalscorer].”

 

Hull City’s, David Meyler, returns to the Republic of Ireland side tonight after missing the match at the weekend through suspension. O’Neill will be hoping Meyler can hold the midfield and let Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick push forward. The manager will have to decide whether to stick with Daryl Murphy upfront or bring in Southampton’s Shane Long. James McClean will also be hoping to get the nod. He was ROI’s last goal scorer, getting a vital winner over Wales to put O’Neill’s men through.

 

Republic of Ireland vs. Denmark kicks off at 19.45 this evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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