Against Denmark on Saturday they have been outplayed however by no means outfought or outwitted within the first leg of their World Cup play-off.
And O’Neill has promised there shall be a creative edge to his facet in the next day’s 2nd leg which used to be lacking in Copenhagen.
“It doesn’t matter what it looks like or how we get through as long as we do,” stated defender Shane Duffy. “In the primary leg, it used to be scruffy, just a little bit unsightly. Maybe we can have put our foot at the ball extra.
“It’s no longer an excuse however the pitch wasn’t nice and it is advisable to see even some of their technical avid gamers have been suffering. The ball used to be bobbling so it used to be a difficult night time for each groups.
“But you’ve were given to give us credit score for the blank sheet in opposition to an aspect who had overwhelmed Poland Four-Zero.”
Man-of-the-match Darren Randolph pulled off two very good saves within the opening part an hour as Denmark threatened to weigh down the guests.
But so efficient have been the Republic in dousing their hearth, he used to be no longer referred to as into motion once more till the death moments when he tipped over a header from replace Yussuf Poulsen.
The Middlesbrough keeper is aware of Ireland have handed the primary take a look at however their project is nowhere close to completed.
“It’s win or bust now,” stated Randolph. “And we’re at home so it’s up to us to get the result. Our job over there was to keep in the tie and give ourselves a chance and we’ve done that. Now we go to Dublin and go again.”
The Republic have a excellent contemporary document in contemporary do-or-die showdowns.
At Euro 2016, Robbie Brady’s past due function in opposition to Italy despatched them thru to the knockout levels whilst in Cardiff ultimate month, James McClean used to be the hero with the function which shattered Wales’ qualification hopes.
And Randolph is aware of that if there’s any other goalless draw, Ireland will face their first penalty shoot-out since dropping to Spain within the ultimate 16 of the World Cup in 2002.
Randolph printed he hasn’t ever skilled a shoot-out as a qualified. “It has been a while,” he stated. “Probably the Milk Cup when I used to be 13 or 14. I’d love to say we gained however I will be able to’t take into account.
“My ultimate penalty save used to be for West Ham in opposition to Bournemouth ultimate season. We’re all conscious it will cross to consequences and we’re ready for that however our purpose is to win the sport in 90 mins.”