Mick McCarthy has insisted he was not surprised to see Georgia boost the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualification hopes with a draw against Group D rivals Denmark.

The Ireland squad watched Sunday's game in Tbilisi on television as they prepared for Tuesday night's friendly against Bulgaria and saw the Danes held to a 0-0 draw.

Asked if the result would encourage him to push for victory over the Georgians - who lost 1-0 in Dublin in March - when they meet next month, McCarthy said at his pre-match press conference: "I was never going to try and do anything else, so it's not changed my approach to it.

"I knew they were a good side, I knew they were a good side from watching them prior to us playing and then playing against them.

"We had a wonderful free-kick, we had a few chances to score, but they had chances in the game and yesterday, they looked like the team at the end of it who might have nicked it.

"They're a good side - but we're going to go and try to win there, of course."

Ireland are now two points better off than the Danes at the top of the group with both having played five games.

However, with trips to Georgia and Switzerland to come before Age Hareide's men head for the Aviva Stadium in November, McCarthy is taking nothing for granted.

He said: "The draw will only be good for us if we continue to do our stuff.

"But yes, we were all sat watching it - most of us were sat watching it over dinner and we were all delighted that it didn't turn out in Denmark's way.

"I think it just re-emphasises what a good side Georgia are, as well and what a tough game we've got ahead of us."

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