Stephen Kenny admits that his Ireland team has made England too easy in a one-sided friendly at Wembley and that their games have been extended to six matches in his reign without a win.
He also confirmed that he will have to face Wales and Bulgaria in the next two matches without the services of captain Seamus Coleman in the Nations League. James McCarthy is also not expected to play as England have lost the game. A family problem.
When Coleman, McCarthy, Enda Stevens, Kalam Robinson and Aaron Connolly went missing, John Egan lasted 15 minutes before having to return to the field with a head injury, which Kenny needed a year to build and nurture. In Wales, but his squad is studying.
“They beat us 3-0. We are disappointed with the loss of the game. We can not complain about anything. We can not complain about the result in any form or form, but we are disappointed that we gave in,” Kenny said after the game.
“It’s disappointing that we went down two. We did a lot of things when that happened. We conceded just one goal in the previous 90 minutes, and it was the first game we did not create any chances.
“England were great, their system was fun, they played well and we need our best team to beat England and then we have to play well to do that. We still had a good team and last night England were above us.
“They are very good, a lot of players would get a lot of experience from it, and I learned a lot from seeing the players in that atmosphere in person.
“They learned a lot tonight. It’s a valuable experience, and it’s valuable for players to get caps – even some players who are not so young have not got so many caps, so it’s a major international experience against England.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is not good to feel loss as defeat can adversely affect you. Of course, beating like that is not good, and you take no pleasure in losing – I do not look at the positives – we are disappointed.
“But you get valuable experience from playing against teams of that quality, so there are benefits in that.”
Kenny insists his side will reunite to face the Welsh team. “We are disappointed to lose our players, but we want to go to Cardiff and play Bulgaria at home. This friendly, hostile game against England is always important, but the Nations League games are more important,” he added.