The RTÉ soccer panel were satisfied with the Republic of Ireland's position after Thursday's comeback 1-1 draw with Switzerland saw them stay three points clear at the top of qualifying Group D.

When Fabian Schar put the visitors ahead with just over 15 minutes to, it looked as those Ireland's qualifying hopes were set to take a huge blow.

But David McGoldrick popped up with his first international goal to rescue a point, and keep a top-two finish within the grasp of Mick McCarthy's squad.

"You couldn't have asked for any better," was the view of Damien Duff.

"I think Mick has said that we might not be the best team in the group. He's correct in that, we're the third best team in the group.

"Difficult games to come, but I still think we've a great chance based on the back of pure pride, endeavour, hunger... we're organised. He's got them playing a good brand of aggressive football.

"I still think we're in there to come in the top two."

Ireland have three remaining qualifiers, with away trips to Georgia and Switzerland, before welcoming the Danes to Dublin on matchday eight.

Richie Sadlier says McCarthy will need luck on his side to qualify from the group.

"I don't think we're good enough to suffer the loss of key players," he concluded.

"We've got very difficult fixtures coming. The return we have, we're unbeaten against two of the main teams, and we've beaten and kept clean sheets against the two teams that we'd expect.

"If we ride our luck, in terms of suspensions and injuries... three very difficult games to go."

Liam Brady wasn't getting ahead of himself ahead of a trip to Tbilisi next month.

"We mustn't slip on a banana skin in Georgia," he warned.

"Then we get the Danes, and beat them here, and we're on our way!"