Martin O’Neill defends his record after mistakes cost Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill angry at claim his luck had finally run out in Denmark defeat
• ‘I didn’t win trophies as a player and a manager by having luck’

Martin O’Neill rued the mistakes that contributed to his team’s chastening World Cup play-off defeat by Denmark but defended his record as Republic of Ireland manager.

The Irish took an early lead in Dublin thanks to Shane Duffy’s sixth-minute strike but soon disintegrated and were punished by a Danish team for whom Christian Eriksen sparkled, scoring a high-class hat-trick and prompting the Denmark manager to hail him as one of the world’s top 10 players.

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