David McGoldrick couldn’t quite help Ireland over the line last night against Denmark.
Despite putting in an excellent performance, the Irish only mustered a draw in Dublin. McGoldrick missed a couple of half chances. However, Matt Doherty’s equaliser gave the home crowd hope of a late win.
It wasn’t to be, though, for Mick McCarthy’s men. They must now fight their way through a play-off in March.
Blades striker McGoldrick started the game as the lone frontman. Despite it not being a role he plays for Sheffield United, he acquitted himself well.
However, as the game went on, McGoldrick dropped deeper and deeper. It was a tactic to try and influence the game.
That’s the position he occupies for Sheffield United on a weekly basis. He controlled the play well and brought others in to play. He was, ultimately, involved in a lot of good that Ireland did.
McGoldrick is loved by Blades fans. However, his performance seemed to cause a bit of divide amongst the Irish contingent.
Twitter was awash with comments about McGoldrick’s showing after the game. It’s safe to say there was a fair split in opinion on the striker, too.
Said it before il say it again david mcgoldrick is a serious player 🔥
— Joshua Sherrington (@JSherrington01) November 18, 2019
David McGoldrick is absolutely terrible.
— Hayden (@HJJ92_) November 18, 2019
David McGoldrick offers us so much. Brilliant at holding the ball up, such a clever footballer.
— Mark Gallagher (@bailemg) November 18, 2019
David McGoldrick, if you ever wondered what it would be like to watch a guy play football in scuba diving flippers just the player for you
— Jonny Alcoque (@JAlcoque) November 18, 2019
You're relying on David McGoldrick to score you goals what chance you got
— Jordan Spencer (@JordAvfc) November 18, 2019
I don’t know what’s happened to David McGoldrick over the last two years but what a player!
— Marc Keeley (@marcokeeley) November 18, 2019
— Danny Murphy (@dannymurphy1) November 18, 2019
It certainly makes for an interesting account. This, especially, seen as he was given MOTM by the sponsors.
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We aren’t here to never comment on a player’s bad performance. Saying that, we can’t agree with the negativity here.
The forward was the heartbeat of all the good Ireland did. He controlled possession. He played others in behind.
McGoldrick was also unlucky not to score. Not to mention, he was playing as a lone striker in a system he isn’t used to playing.
In our view, Ireland need to get someone alongside him. Of course, Mick McCarthy knows what he is doing and we wouldn’t question his decisions. However, to get the best out of ‘Didzy’, you need to let him roam.
Ireland can make it through the play-offs. They need to get the best out of McGoldrick to ensure they do just that.