Republic of Ireland “scared” to attack says Christian Eriksen

Republic of Ireland “scared” to attack says Christian Eriksen

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Republic of Ireland “scared” to attack says Christian Eriksen

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has criticised the Republic of Ireland’s lack of attacking intent following their 0-0 draw on Monday night.

It was the fourth successive match in which Martin O’Neill’s team have failed to find the back of the net as they were relegated from League B Group 4 in the Nations League with just two points to their name.

Three of their last four matches have finished as goalless draws and there is growing pressure on O’Neill, who has won just one of his last 11 games in all competitions. Tottenham midfielder Eriksen believes a lack of ambition is the cause of their downfall.

“It was a difficult game to play,” he said. “Ireland wasted a lot of time, they took their time on everything. They rarely went forward so it was difficult to break them down.

We only had a few chances but the chances were big enough for us to score and to finish the game off – but we didn’t. It was a lot of defending on their side and we were trying to attack against 11 players in their own half.

“They played like this in every game we’ve played. In the second game in Ireland they wanted to go forward, but they knew what happened when they went forward so that’s why they were too scared to go forward. That’s something we’ve learned, that teams are scared to come here.”

17 of the 26 goals that have been scored for Ireland by the members of their most recent squad have come from James McClean and Robbie Brady alone, with O’Neill even handing 18-year-old Southampton forward Michael Obafemi a debut, despite only appearing twice for his club side.

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