Sunday 17 November 2019

Nothing to fear for Randolph in Denmark

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph

Darren Randolph says that Ireland have nothing to fear from their next test in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, even though that's a battle with old foes Denmark.

Tuesday's games in Group D means that Ireland are top of the table, and will remain so until the matches come around again in June.

That sees Ireland head for Copenhagen to play Denmark, with a home date against Gibraltar four days later. After the Danes play Ireland they host Georgia, so Age Hareide's side will be targeting a six-point haul from those matches in June.

The last few games between Ireland and Denmark have tended to be tight, dull affairs, three 0-0 draws from the last four meetings, though of course the Danes won the one that mattered, the 5-1 win in Dublin which sent them to Dublin to the World Cup finals, at our expense.

Denmark looked to be in trouble as they were 3-0 down away to Switzerland on Tuesday night but they showed remarkable courage to come back and earn a 3-3 draw.

So while they will be concerned with the concession of three goals, the first time in three years where they let in three in a competitive game, Danish spirits will be raised by the fact that they earned a point.

But Randolph, a key figure in the two 1-0 wins to date for Ireland, says the Republic can head to Copenhagen with confidence.

"Yeah, why not? There's no reason why we shouldn't go there off the back of two wins. We'll go there and give them a game like we tried to do before," says Randolph, who says that news of a draw in the other game in the group was an added bonus for the Ireland camp.

"It was brilliant. Obviously everyone was already on top of the world when we came back into the dressing room and then to hear the other result, everyone goes back to their club but we'll be looking forward now to the training camp before the games in the summer. The aim then is to win those games and push on again.

"We knew beforehand that we were down to win the game but going to Gibraltar is tough, Georgia coming here was tough, we watched their game against Switzerland and it was 0-0 after 50 minutes, and then they've conceded again late on so we knew it would be a tough game and we just needed to do whatever we could do to get the win.

"In both games we probably should have won three, four-nil in the end but we came here to win games and we leave having won those games so, whether it's 1-0 or 10-0, the objective was the same and we managed to achieve it," added the keeper.

Randolph now turns his focus on club duties, Boro in the play-off places but only by one point and they have a key game against Norwich tomorrow.

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