'It wasn't a f***ing exciting match' - Bendtner hoping Denmark can improve

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The former Arsenal forward was disappointed with his team's performance, but praised Ireland's defensive fortitude in the first leg in Copenhagen

Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner is hoping his side can improve in the second leg of their play-off encounter with the Republic of Ireland, claiming that Saturday's scoreless draw in Copenhagen 'wasn't a f***ing exciting match.'

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The Danes were frustrated by Ireland's defensive approach for much of the game, and failed to take advantage of their better possession and shots on target statistics. Bendtner was sent on during the second-half as Age Hareide hoped to gain a first-leg advantage, but could not find a way through the resilient Irish backline.

The former Arsenal attacker revealed that he did not find the game comparable to his time in the Premier League, but was impressed with how Ireland defended as the encounter failed to live up to the spectacle of the pre-match fireworks.

"I would like to play a match where you have exciting football but you also have to accept sometimes you see a match different ways," the 29-year-old told the Irish Independent.

"And you also have to give credit to the Irish team the way they performed their strategy. Defensively for them it was really good. Offensively it wasn't that strong.

"You saw the fireworks and everything - then the game came and was a little bit flat. It wasn't a f***ing...sorry, it wasn't an exciting match."

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However, with Denmark needing to score in the second leg in Dublin, and Ireland playing in front of their own fans, the Rosenborg striker is confident that the re-match will be a better game than the dull affair in Copenhagen.

"It's going to be a little bit more open," Bendtner continued.

"They will come a little bit more out which will also allow us to get more space. So it will be a more interesting match to watch than this one.

"We can play better. The pitch was disappointing. It made it difficult for both teams.

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"Our normal passing game, where you can play one or two touch, couldn't really come off because the pitch was so difficult so that changed the match a lot.

"And a lot of the stuff we've been talking about couldn't quite happen because of it. But I've heard the pitch in Ireland is excellent so I suppose we can play better.

"We're going down there to try to win the match. What's going to happen I can't say. But we're prepared to play 120 minutes if that's what it takes."

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