DOC CONFESSION 'I feel embarrassed at times' - Honest Matt Doherty gives his verdict on Ireland's woes after Wembley defeat
Matt Doherty didn't hold back as he gave his verdict on the latest setback for Stephen Kenny's Republic of Ireland side, as they were beaten 3-0 by England at Wembley.
Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals that fired England to a comfortable win, with a watching Roy Keane suggesting the game was little more than a training session for Gareth Southgate's side.
While there are many who continue to promote the theory that Kenny's eagerness to play a more progressive passing style with Ireland will eventually reap rewards, the harsh facts confirm his side have not scored in their last five matches and he has yet to win a game as senior manager.
That woeful record will inevitably lead to questions about his tactical acumen at the highest level, yet Tottenham defender Doherty suggested the players needed to look at themselves after this latest defeat.
"You still have your own pride, your own personal pride," he said. "You can still work hard and get around the pitch. It felt like we gave up a little bit tonight once the second goal went in, like there was no way anything possibly good could have happened in the game.
"That shouldn't be the case. You should still be solid and wanting to do things right. I felt that wasn't the case, especially in the second half."
"We're men at the end of the day. We're all playing first-team football somewhere.
"This is international football. I guess you could maybe say put your arm around people here and there but at the end of the day you have to figure it out yourself.
"You have to see the situations in games, you can't just rely on other people to do it. You have to try and take games by the scruff of the neck. You can't mollycoddle everyone. It's just not going to work out. We're not playing kids' football here."
Ireland boss Kenny was honest in his verdict, as he conceded his side were well beaten by the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists.
"We’re disappointed to lose the game," said Kenny. We can’t complain about the result in any way, shape or form.
"We are disappointed about the goals that we conceded because we have been very good defensively in the last window, so for us to concede three goals like we did was disappointing.
"Their first one hurt us. They scored off a second phase of a corner where it was cleared and put back in.
"So to concede from more or less their first chance hurt us and then we went two down, it was disappointing and that left us with a lot to do once that happened."