talkSPORT pundit Dean Ashton insists he wouldn’t be ‘frightened’ of facing Denmark after their stalemate with Tunisia.
The European nation started their World Cup campaign on Tuesday afternoon with a dour 0-0 draw in Qatar.
Despite being the clear favourite to get three points, Christian Eriksen and co struggled to break down a resilient Tunisia side who battled and scrapped their way to a deserved point in Group C.
While Denmark will have hopes of progressing to the knockout rounds, Ashton, who was on co-commentary duty for talkSPORT, says that he wasn’t too impressed with what he saw from the Group C favourites.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the ex-Premier League striker said: “Do you know what? Tunisia took what they’d seen from this stadium; the energy, the support and they basically transferred that to the pitch.
“The effort, the application, the organisation from this Tunisian side at least deserved a draw against a Denmark side who are fancied in this tournament to go very, very deep, but they just didn’t have an answer to that energy that Tunisia brought today.”
Ashton added: “The main disappointment was the start of the second half. You’ve gone through a half where it’s been difficult and you’ve faced immense pressure with the support, but you’re experienced players and you’ve played in difficult atmospheres.
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“At half-time I thought they were going to come out a different side to match them physically and start to dominate, but they just didn’t. There was nothing there.
“The changes didn’t do a lot to that side.
“If I was watching as another team in the tournament, I wouldn’t be too frightened of Denmark.
“They really lacked that forward player with a bit of magic, that bit of high-level top quality finishing or creativity and that’s what they lacked against a well-organised team.”