Last Updated: 14/11/17 11:23pm
Keith Andrews branded Republic of Ireland’s tactics against Denmark as clueless as they failed to qualify for the World Cup after a humiliating 5-1 defeat
Sky Sports pundit Keith Andrews was left aghast by the tactics used during the Republic of Ireland’s 5-1 loss to Denmark.
The former Republic of Ireland international was highly critical of manager Martin O’Neill who selected a diamond formation against Denmark, a change from his defensive five-man midfield which played in Copenhagen on Saturday.
The hosts were very open at the Aviva Stadium, easily succumbing to the majesty of Christian Eriksen, who was afforded the luxury of space for each of his three goals.
Along with the amount of room on offer to the opposition, Andrews was surprised by the substitutions made by O’Neill with his side losing 2-1 at the break when central midfielders Harry Arter and David Meyler were withdrawn, to be replaced by Aiden McGeady and Wes Hoolahan.
Martin O’Neill admitted that Denmark were the better team on the night and deserved to progress to the World Cup at the expense of Republic of Ireland.
“That half was pure torture, I cannot believe what I’ve witnessed tonight.
“I’ve just witnessed gung-ho football.
“I thought the first-half was silly how we set up, but what we did (with the subs) at half-time we were trying to work out who was going to play where,” Andrews said.
Highlights of the Republic of Ireland against Denmark in the World Cup Qualifier play-off second leg.
“Clueless. Absolutely clueless. To allow the players like they have the space, the time, in the key areas of the pitch, even the substitutions, Ciaran Clark coming off – unless he’s injured – with Ward going to centre-half, I really don’t know what I’ve witnessed.
“No holding midfielder, lack of cohesion. It was gung-ho football and there was only going to be one winner.”