Ireland captain Seamus Coleman hit back at Danish players’ pre-match criticism of the Boys in Green following their 1-1 draw in Copenhagen on Friday evening.
Coleman’s side put in a promising display away from home against their familiar foes but went behind midway through the second half thanks to an excellent header from Southampton’s Pierre – Emile Hojbjerg.
They grabbed a late equaliser however through talismanic defender Shane Duffy as they kept their unbeaten start to the group intact ahead of Monday’s game against Gibraltar in Dublin.
Before the game, the Danish players had been critical of Ireland’s pragmatic style of play in their previous encounters, with defender Mathias Jorgensen ironically outlining that Duffy’s threat from a set-piece was the only hope the Boys in Green had of scoring.
“We all know which way Ireland will play. They will come to our stadium, sit back and be happy to play for a draw,” he said.
“Their game-plan of trying to keep us scoreless is one we’ve come to respect. They’ve managed that three times in the four games. However, that will be difficult for them this time because we always take the initiative when playing in front of our fans.
“Look at their two wins – 1-0 over Gibraltar and Georgia. That shows Ireland are the same team we’ve faced over the past two years. Our main priority will be to watch Shane Duffy from set-pieces.”
Speaking to RTE following the game, Coleman was quick to hit back at Jorgensen and the Danes’ criticism outlining that they should’ve worked more on the threat Duffy possess if they felt it was so dangerous.
“I read somewhere that they were talking about that might be the only chance we would have of getting a goal tonight, well they did not work on it too much.'”
'I read somewhere that they were talking about that might be the only chance we would have of getting a goal tonight, well they did not work on it too much…' – Seamus Coleman on Shane Duffy's goal #denirl #rtesoccer pic.twitter.com/QJW4emymDP
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 7, 2019
Coleman also explained to Off The Ball post-match that the comments from the Danes made his “blood boil.”
“My blood was boiling but in press conferences, you’ve got to stay professional. The comments definitely did get a mention and gave us extra motivation.”
Reaction from Seamus Coleman after Ireland's 1-1 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen.https://t.co/kE5mIwlQKa
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) June 7, 2019
With the Danish test out of the way, Coleman and the rest of the Boys in Green will be hoping for a more comfortable game when Gibraltar visit the Aviva on Monday.