Connor Ronan says that the main feeling in the Ireland U21 team's dressing room following Thursday's 0-0 draw with Italy was one of disappointment.
"We see it as two points dropped," Ronan told Balls after the game.
"A few years ago, going into games like this, you'd be happy with a point, but not with this team. We're going into every game expecting to win - it doesn't matter who the opponent is.
"Confidence isn't an issue at all. You see it out there with the style of play, pressing high."
The 21-year-old Ronan is a Wolves player but is currently amid his second season on loan with Slovakian side DAC.
"I'm loving it," said Ronan of his time in Slovakia.
"When I first went out there, the main focus was to just get back playing. I was in and out of a lot of teams. I just wanted that experience of playing first-team football and just getting into that run of nine or ten games. I got that straight away, got into the team and I haven't come out since.
"That was a massive part in me going back out there. Maybe I could have risked going elsewhere but I just wanted to keep that momentum going and keep playing.
"I had two loans in League One which I wouldn't say were unsuccessful but weren't as successful as I would have liked. For that next step in my career, I wanted to be playing every week.
"I think everyone's path is different. If it's suited to your style of play and you think it's right for you, don't turn it down just because it's abroad - take it in your stride and take the risk."
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