O'Neill: We need to be more creative

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

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

"I don't mind if they do, as there is more space for the other quality players we have and we could take advantage of that".

Bendtner, who played under manager Martin O'Neill at Sunderland, is expecting more of the same at the Aviva.

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

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Judging by defender Shane Duffy's comments via The Independent, Martin O'Neill's side are ready to "go for it". I believe the away goal was there for the taking and we didn't try hard enough to get it. 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. But I think we are capable of doing that.

The Danes will arrive in Dublin on Tuesday evening having been booed off by sections of the home crowd at the Parken Stadium on Saturday night after the Republic frustrated them for 90 minutes to snatch a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their winner-takes-all play-off.

He is a real leader at the back for Ireland and in a game that was lacking attacking verve, big Duffy stood proud as the outstanding player on the pitch. We're at home, we've got to go for it. When our time is to score, that will be, we've just got to take it easy and see what happens. "We'll try and stay in the game as long as we can and we're confident we can score goals against them at home".

Christian Eriksen, on a long scoring streak for his country, looked his country's biggest threat, but by the end of the night he was hoofing it along with the rest of his team, as they sank to their opponents' level.

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