Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has hit out at Ireland’s negative style of play following their 0-0 draw in the UEFA Nations League in Aarhus on Monday night.
Ireland defended doggedly and managed to hold the home side scoreless despite Denmark providing almost all of the attacking impetus in the game.
Goal scoring has been a problem for Martin O’Neill’s side recently and Ireland looked content to drop deep behind the ball and let their opponents attack them at will as they defended strongly.
One man who tried but failed to break down the dogged Irish defence in Aarhus was Tottenham’s attacking midfielder, Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen played 45 minutes of the game and was lively in possession picking up space between the lines and deep in midfield although he could not find a way passed Ireland as easily as he did at the Aviva stadium just over a year ago.
Following the draw, Eriksen hit out at Ireland’s negative tactics outlining that O’Neill’s men were “too scared to go forward” during the game.
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“They play like this every game,” Eriksen told Sky Sports in his post-match interview.
“In the second game in Ireland, they wanted to go forward but they knew what happened when they went forward so that’s probably why they are too scared to go forward.
“The result is something we can build on but obviously we want to win games.”
The result concludes what has been a difficult first UEFA Nations League campaign for Ireland who finished bottom of the group with only two points and no wins from their four games in the tournament.