The Republic of Ireland picked up their first points of the UEFA Nations League after playing out a goalless draw against Denmark last night.
Chances were few and far between on a week evening in Dublin, with Cyrus Christie forcing a good save from Kasper Schmeichel in the Danish goal, while Pione Sisto struck a post for the visitors.
Martin O’Neill’s side were keen to make up for the 5-1 drubbing they suffered at the hands of the same opponents last year in the World Cup playoffs, and it was clear that a tight defensive structure was the manager’s primary focus.
At times they set up in a back five formation, with natural full back Christie deployed as part of a midfield trio.
Shane Long cut an isolated figure up front for much of the contest, and Ireland looked their most threatening when the lively Callum Robinson was introduced as a substitute.
Next up for the Irish is a meeting with Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night.