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Nicklas Bendtner did not mind the lack of chances he received as Denmark triumphed over Holland by a goal to nil
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was pleased with the defensive display he and his Denmark team-mates showed against Holland in their 1-0 victory at Euro 2012.
Michael Krohn-Dehli’s first half strike was enough to separate the two sides as the Danes had a lot of defending to do with the Dutch having 28 shots on goal and the Gunners frontman also had to work hard in defence.
Up front, however, it was a different story as Bendtner failed to be given an opportunity on goal but, despite this, he was happy with the performance.
“I was quite pleased,” he told the club’s official website.
“As a striker you’d always like to have one or two chances to score and on another day I probably would have, but I’m proud and happy that I can defend from the front and help the team that way as well.”
Bendtner was also quick to praise centre backs Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer after they kept the Dutch at bay.
“We had our game plan, and I think when they tried to play it out from the back we stood up really well,” he added.
“We made it difficult for them to play through us. It was only when we gave the ball away in the middle of the park that they were able to counter-attack, because we were out of position.
“Our centre-backs [Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer] were strong. They were up against a difficult test today and I think they did well to keep the score at 1-0.”