Martin O'Neill says Republic of Ireland were well beaten by Denmark


"We got the early goal, we had a couple chances to make it 2-0, especially the one with James (McClean) where it went just past the post".

"I think we improved our game a lot and of course Ireland let us play a bit more, which we did".

And then up stepped Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to crush Ireland's hopes of a place in the final in Russian Federation with a expertly taken hat-trick.

"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".

"That is simply not true", he insisted, adding that he hadn't won the "trophies that I have won both as a player and manager" because of luck. We were more effective than in Parken, the effectiveness is very important in football.

Republic boss Martin O'Neill shrugged off questions about his tactics, admitting Denmark were the better team on the night, but Andrews raised questions about the space afforded to Eriksen and his team-mates, considering the compact nature of O'Neill's side in Copenhagen on Saturday when they earned a goalless draw.

"It's hard to rank, but we saw (in Tottenham's Champions League victory) against Real Madrid he is probably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment".

Hareide is confident there is more to come from Eriksen, who is thriving in North London.

After Denmark got their first through a Cyrus Christie own goal, there was no stopping them as they cruised to victory at the Aviva Stadium.

"When you give him the ball, something happens, that's the difference between the sides - when you've got a world-class player. It's a big thing and I'm very happy about it". Then we conceded two goals quickly after that and then it's an uphill struggle.

"It's an incredible feeling". "We've been fighting for so long together after the two play-off games, which were very hard, but we got the result and we can be very pleased and I'm looking very much forward to World Cup".