O'Neill calls for more creativity

12 November 2017 03:38:55 EST

Martin O'Neill thought his Republic of Ireland side did splendidly as they held Denmark to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

The Republic are 9/4 to win Tuesday's second leg in Dublin after frustrating the Danes in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.

Darren Randolph made several fine saves to deny Denmark while at the other end Kasper Schmeichel kept out Cyrus Christie's attempted chip before Jeff Hendrick's follow-up effort was blocked.

"It was a tough evening and the players did splendidly," said O'Neill. "We've come out the other side and it's all to play for. We'll have to win a game and we might have to score a couple because Denmark are capable of scoring.

"They had one really great chance but overall we restricted them. An away goal would have been great but we didn't carve out that many chances. We need to be more creative [in Dublin] but we're still in the tie."

James McClean scored the crucial goal last month when the Republic beat Wales in Cardiff to confirm their place in the play-offs. O'Neill's team are 11/2 to win Tuesday's match 1-0 and 6/4 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

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