O'Neill defends Republic style

14 November 2017 09:35:08 EST

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has admitted his team has had to find alternative ways to win matches without a recognised international striker.

The Irish are preparing for their second leg World Cup play-off clash with Denmark on Tuesday night, following a goalless stalemate in the first encounter in Copenhagen.

Having seen prolific goalscorer Robbie Keane call time on his international career, the Republic have struggled for an established finisher.

With their biggest game to come in Dublin against the Danes, O'Neill has admitted his side have had to find alternative ways to win matches.

He said: "It was a shame that when I came in here Robbie Keane was the same age as me, unfortunately."

O'Neill added: "That is what we have been trying to do, we have been trying to find ways for the last couple of years to win matches when we don't maybe possess that [goalscorer].

"But there is a terrific spirit in the camp, a great never-say-die spirit and we have to take it one more time.

"We'll try and be a bit more expansive if we can but we've got to find a way to win a match. These players have been able to do that the last couple of years."

The Republic are 9/4 to win, 9/5 to draw and 7/4 to lose in the 90 minutes to Denmark.

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