Tuesday 17 September 2019

'What a fantastic point' - John O'Shea hails goal hero Duffy in Denmark draw

Ireland goalscorer Shane Duffy salutes the fans following the Euro 2020 Group D draw with Denmark in Copenhagen. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Ireland goalscorer Shane Duffy salutes the fans following the Euro 2020 Group D draw with Denmark in Copenhagen. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

John O'Shea saluted Ireland hero Shane Duffy, as his late equaliser secured a valuable Euro 2020 qualifying point in the 1-1 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen.

Duffy's towering header five minutes from time maintained Ireland's unbeaten start to Group D qualifying, with former Ireland defender O'Shea convinced Mick McCarthy's side were worthy of a point as they bounced back from conceding a 76th minute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg goal.

"What a fantastic point and it was fitting that Shane Duffy scored the goal after the wonderful performance he put in," O'Shea told Sky Sports.

"When you see the chances Denmark had in that second half, the reaction from the team after went behind means we deserved something from that game.

"Alan Judge had a big impact as he came off the bench, won the free kick and put in an amazing delivery into the box and that is what you want from your substitutes. You want them to have an impact from the bench and Judge has that quality in his delivery.

Shane Duffy celebrates his goal against Denmark. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Shane Duffy celebrates his goal against Denmark. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"Shane attacked that cross superbly, as he always does, and got a massive goal for Ireland. There was great character shown there and plenty of quality there too.

"We survived plenty of scares in that game, but the attitude of the players was superb and we have got the point we wanted.

"You watched that game and wondered how we were not behind when you saw the amount of chances Denmark created, but that kind of attitude is what we want to see from an Ireland team and that point puts us in a great position in the group."

Jonathan Walters joined the chorus of acclaim for Duffy, as he suggested he was a talisman for Ireland at both ends of the pitch.

"Shane Duffy has been a colossus for both defensively and on set pieces and he delivered against for us," stated Walters.

"He attacks the ball on set pieces as well as anyone I have played with and he is so hard for defenders to pick up if the ball into the box was right and the timing of that goal made it difficult for Denmark to come back.

"You fear the worst when you concede with 15 minutes to go, but that Denmark goal was coming. We were getting deeper and deeper as the game went on and you could feel that the goal was coming for Denmark, but we responded well and we are always in the game when we have a set piece.

"Alan Judge lost his man on the Denmark goal, but he made up for that with a wonderful delivery into the box to set up the equaliser and Duffy was there to score for Ireland again.

"It's a huge result going into the Gibraltar game now as we should win that game and go on to ten points in the group."

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