Duffy says Denmark’s criticism gave Ireland motivation

The teams drew 1-1 in yesterdays EURO 2020 Qualifiers match, after a week where there was a lot of “trash-talk” between managers and players.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored in the 76 for Denmark, but Shane Duffy scored with five minutes to spare on the clock to give Ireland a 1-1 draw in yesterday’s EURO 2020 Qualifiers match.

And for Ireland’s goalscorer, the criticism by the Danish team gave them the motivation to get an important away point.

“Everyone has got their opinions on it, I don’t really look into it,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“Words get said before games and sometimes we say some words which might upset.”

“But when we cross that line, everyone has got respect for each other. We know it’s a tough job out there,” he added.

“Maybe that was their tactic to try to get at us, but we used it as motivation out there. We tried to prove a point.”

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“I think someone said, ‘You can change the manager, but you can’t change the team’. I think it was a different team out there,” Duffy commented.

“They’re a very good team – honestly, they are. It was a difficult night, actually. They had a lot of number 10s floating everywhere and Eriksen was getting it.”

“I thought we did enough to keep ourselves in it and it feels like a good point now, actually. It feels like a different point because we actually went for it a bit,” he said.

“I know Monday could be a little banana skin, so we have just got to have the same mentality going into it, get a good start and hopefully that will be 10 points on the board.”


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