O'Neill: We need to be more creative


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.

He said: "The goal for us was to win the match, 100 per cent". 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.

Republic of Ireland travel to Denmark this weekend for the first leg of their crucial 2018 World Cup qualification tie, with a place in Russian Federation next summer on the line.

However, Martin O'Neill has expressed a desire to be more attacking in the second leg, which could mean a start for Shane Long this time around. "I tried that here but the last pass wasn't good enough".

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. I've been in this job for three years competitively speaking and we have played a lot of games, 24 in qualifying, a lot of teams, and I think there is a general pattern to all sides.

Ireland needed a play-off to secure their place at Euro 2016, beating Bosnia 2-0 at home following a 1-1 draw in the first leg a nd O'Neill is hoping history repeats itself. "I believe in everyone and I believe we will go to the World Cup".

In the end, we take a 0-0 and have a shoot out in Dublin on Tuesday.

"If we can keep them out on their home patch we can do it on our home patch; they are a good team, a very good team and it was a very tough night but you could see their technical players struggled. We've got to score a goal to get through the tie, so we've got to go for it". "I don't know if Ireland will do it".

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