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“We Wanted To Go Out And Prove A Point” – James McClean Hits Back After Danish Criticism

“We wanted to go out and prove a point.”

Ireland earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Denmark on Friday night in Copenhagen. Mick McCarthy’s side came from behind to record a valuable result in the Euro 2020 qualifier. Shane Duffy capped a brilliant individual performance by powering a header beyond Kasper Schmeichel late in the second half.

Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg opened the scoring for Denmark, who had the better chances in the tie. However, according to Ireland winger James McClean, there isn’t a lot between the two teams in terms of quality, despite what the Denmark team think.

Ahead of the match, some Danish players had made some pointed comments about the Irish players, dismissing the technical quality of the team. McClean said this had acted as motivation for Ireland.

“Professionals criticising you and not in a nice way either,” he said on Sky Sports about the comments.

“We wanted to go out and prove a point. Fair enough they beat us 5-1. But we played them five times recently and drew four so they’re not much better than us themselves, are they?”

You can watch McClean’s interview with Sky Sports here:

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