O'Neil insists Ireland need to score in play-off second leg

Harry Arter during Republic of Ireland squad press conference at FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown Dublin

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.

For both sides the task is pretty straightforward.

A repeat of Saturday night's laborious goalless draw - in which the Denmark huffed and puffed but failed to blow the Irish door down - is the only result which could take the game to extra time, and bring penalties into play.

The hosts will be under pressure to score as even a score draw would send Denmark through to the finals in Russian Federation. That is why they are so valuable for the team to get them going.

"We can fight with them if they want to fight".

"They are very good at defending". "We had 65 per cent of the ball. We will try to attack Ireland and try to get a goal, and then we'll take it from there". "Maybe we thought they would come more out of the blocks and try to attack more".

"I think with the players that they possess, I believe that they are capable of scoring a goal, so it means we might have to score two to win the match".

Martin O'Neill issues instructions to Cyrus Christie. I saw the game they played with Serbia, they lost 1-0. A 1-1 draw would be enough (on away goals).

'I think he has found his way with Ireland. 'That's okay, but I haven't got the patience to play like that.

"It is always easier to stop a team from playing than to create". That's natural, there's nothing wrong with that.

The Irish boss is set to have a fully fit squad to choose from and David Meyler will be back following suspension.

He is backing the creativity of his players to get an away goal against a Republic of Ireland team who he predicts will play the same defensive way as they did in Copenhagen.

Christian Eriksen will again be the danger man for Denmark on Tuesday night. We have to win on Tuesday and might have to score a couple of goals.

Brentford centre half Andreas Bjelland added: "We are talking about a game that can take us to the World Cup so of course we will have the fight and mentality".

Bendtner, who played under manager Martin O'Neill at Sunderland, is expecting more of the same at the Aviva. I think it will be a different match.

After describing the game as "a physical battle", O'Neill said: "The players put a big effort into the game". They played in France and did well.

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