KENNY UPBEAT Stephen Kenny finds silver linings once more as his Ireland side continue to fire blanks
Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny insisted he found silver linings as his side drew a blank for a sixth successive match, as his wait for a first win in the job continues.
The pressure is certain to mount on Kenny as his eagerness to transform the way Ireland play continues to run into trouble, with no wins in his first seven matches a statistic that is starting to become a real problem for the former Dundalk boss.
While he has been hampered by Covid-19 and injuries to key players, the need to collect a positive result in Wednesday's game against Bulgaria now pressing.
6 - Republic of Ireland have failed to score in six consecutive matches for the first time in their history. In seven games under Stephen Kenny, they have received more red cards (two) than they have scored goals (one). Overawed. pic.twitter.com/rbleQb6C2I— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 15, 2020
"I think the mentality of the players was really good, the work rate and intensity was pretty good overall too," declared Kenny, as he spoke to Sky Sports.
"Wales are a strong team but there weren't many chance in the game, we probably had more before they scored.
"The difference between us and Wales is they are finding ways of winning and we are not, but there are a lot of good points about our performance today."
Robbie Brady also tried to find some positives from the defeat in Cardiff, as he suggested the performance was an improvement on the poor display against England last Thursday.
"We were a lot more positive than the other night, we created a few chances early on but we're still waiting for one to go in," stated Brady.
"It's a hard one to take, since Stephen Kenny has come in we have created chances but we are missing that final touch. It's a massive game on Wednesday against Bulgaria now."
Former Ireland striker Niall Quinn also tried to suggest there was a positive vibe emerging around the team, as he suggested Kenny will need time to evolve the team.
"I'm still happy that there's enough there that the evolution has moved a bit."— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) November 15, 2020
Despite the poor results, Niall Quinn believes the players have bought into Stephen Kenny's way of playing and that there has been positive signs#WALIRL | #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/Nvuf0IAOpr
"You have had two clutches of games amid Covid-19 with all kinds of problems, so these are abnormal times," Quinn told Virgin Media Sport.
"One thing I would say on the positive side is there is a way of playing from back to middle that is encouraging. We are not getting it to the top to create chances, but it needs time.
"Jeff Hendrick looked much more comfortable in midfield not just chasing balls. Robbie Brady was really good tonight. Wanting the ball in difficult situations, trying to move it.
"This is going to take time. There is enough there that the evolution has moved a bit to suggest we might get results in World Cup qualifiers come March."
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