No excuses from deflated O'Neill

15 November 2017 03:37:10 EST

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is confident that his side will bounce back from their failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup.

The Republic had held Denmark to a goalless draw in the first leg of their qualifying play-off in Copenhagen and took an early lead in the second match in Dublin thanks to Shane Duffy's goal.

However, Christian Eriksen grabbed a hat-trick as the Danes hit back to win the second leg 5-1 and confirm their place in Russia in seven months' time.

"We were well beaten in the end," O'Neill admitted afterwards. "No question about that.

"We obviously got off to a great start but we conceded two really sloppy goals in a matter of minutes and it was a long way back after that.

"The whole mind-set changes, you are 2-1 down in a matter of minutes when perhaps six minutes earlier you could have been 2-0 up.

"We're capable of coming back from it. We've been beaten but been beaten in a play-off game. In the end we have lost a play-off game to take us to a World Cup. We'll come back again."

Denmark are 80/1 to win the 2018 World Cup outright, while Spain can be backed at 7/1 and Argentina at 9/1.

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