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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Let's just go for it

McClean upbeat after Danish draw as O'Neill stresses home advantage

Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill during the 2018 World Cup European play-off draw in Zurich
Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill during the 2018 World Cup European play-off draw in Zurich

Martin O'Neill has called on his Ireland players to draw on their experience to dump Denmark out of the World Cup play-off.

Yesterday's draw saw Ireland avoid a nightmare tie with Italy or Croatia and instead were paired with Denmark, the preferred opponents for Martin O'Neill and his players.

"It's probably the best draw we could've hoped for," said Cardiff hero James McClean. "I think we're confident in ourselves that we can progress and especially after coming through the qualifying group. We'll be ready and we will meet the challenge head-on."

O'Neill feels the home leg, on November 14, will be key. "We've got the chance to play in Dublin for the second game, let's just go for it," said the Ireland boss.

"Playing away first (on November 11), the second game in Dublin, come that game you're hoping you've still got loads to play for. We have to stay in the match until we get to Dublin.

"We can draw from our experience. The games against Bosnia were two very difficult games but we were able to carry that momentum into Dublin and won. We have two games in quick succession, let's just go for it."

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