Ger McCarthy shares what we learned from Ireland’s clash with Denmark…
We’re not there
It was far from pretty and difficult to watch at times yet the bottom line is that the Republic of Ireland’s qualifying campaign ended in failure on a rainy Tuesday night in Dublin.
Martin O’Neill and his backroom team can expect plenty of criticism as an Irish squad containing sufficient experience and skill failed to reach a first World Cup since 2002.
There can be no getting away from the fact Ireland struggled badly at home to Georgia, Wales, Serbia and Moldova. Add to that an overly defensive performance in Copenhagen and O’Neill’s safety-first approach will be under increased scrutiny in the coming weeks.
Two goals in three first half minutes demonstrated Denmark’s lethal attacking ability en route to securing their place at World Cup 2018.
This may not be a Danish side of the 1986 vintage when Preben Elkjaer, Jesper Olsen, Soren Lerby, Jan Molby and Michael Laudrup tore up the Mexico World Cup or 1992 when Brian Laudrup, Peter Schmeichel and John Jensen became…