'I was ready to put my body wherever I had to' - Shane Duffy pleased Ireland avoided yellow peril
SHANE Duffy admits that Ireland need to do better, and use the ball better, when they face Denmark in round two of their battle to get to the 2018 World Cup finals.
Duffy was proud of the role he, and his fellow defenders, played in the scoreless draw, Darren Randolph pulling off a series of saves to deny a Danish side which scored no fewer than four goals at home to Poland in the qualifiers.
"I'm confident, we don't concede many goals and hopefully we don't concede on Tuesday," said Duffy.
"We’ll be a different team at the Aviva and we will create a lot more. It wasn’t a night here to do anything stupid. You could see their technical players struggled. It wasn’t pretty but we got a result and it’s a cup final on Tuesday. One game, one win and we’re at the World Cup so let’s go for it.
"We can be a bit better on the ball, it wasn't a night to take risks and it wasn't pretty, the pitch wasn't great, no excuses though, we weren't great on the ball.
"It was still a great performance defensively from the whole team. Darren made a couple of great saves and that’s it, really. They didn’t have much really.
"It was a difficult night, it wasn't pretty, the job was to come here and not conceded, we got a clean sheet out of it and that's a positive, it's on to Tuesday now.
"If we can keep them out on their home patch we can do it on our home patch, they are a good team, a very good team and it was a very tough night, they will probably fancy their chances of scoring a goal but we will see."
Duffy was one of the players who began the night, and finished it, on one yellow card as the Irish side (and the Danes) managed to escape an entry in the referee's notebook.
"I saw James [McClean] flying about and Harry [Arter] flying about I was wondering - but it can’t play on your mind. I was ready to put my body wherever I had to. No one got booked so happy days. I can’t wait now to get back to the Aviva and have the place rocking. Bring it on.
"It’s huge. I can’t wait. Honestly. I can’t wait. Get me home now and recover and we’ll come back at them on Tuesday. No one can take anything away from our performance defensively against a very good team and we’ll have more on Tuesday," added Duffy.