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'If I Was In That Changing Room, I Would Be Annoyed With Players'

'If I Was In That Changing Room, I Would Be Annoyed With Players'

David Meyler chose to focus on what he saw as the positives following Ireland's defeat to Finland in the Nations League on Wednesday.

"When Stephen came in, he spoke about playing this possession-based game," the former Ireland international said on Sky Sports after the match.

"We were going to play out from the back. We were going to go after teams. It's hard - I've played with a lot of these lads and I know how hard they're working.

"I've always come with the attitude that I wouldn't be afraid to say what I'm going to say here to the player [in person]. If I was in that changing room tonight, I would be annoyed with players and the chances [they've missed].

"Ronan Curtis, you've got to score. Aaron Connolly has the ball, he's got to pull it back for Daryl Horgan. Those small details which will take us on a level or two.

"If we get the decision making in the final third right, we will score goals. The chances are there, we are creating. It's just about who's going to be the man to step up, take that responsibility and put the ball in the net."

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Fredrick Jensen was once again the thorn in Stephen Kenny's side. Just as he did in Dublin last month, he grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated," said Meyler.

"I think that game was there for the taking.

"There were positive signs. Again, we're beating the same drum, it's about goals. We have to find a way. We had some great chances and we have to start taking them.

"It was a good performance. There are things you would like to change.

"There were a lot of young faces in there, a couple of international debuts.

"You can look at the positives or the negatives. I'm certainly going to look at the positives because Stephen is trying to do something different. We have to stick with him and hopefully he can turn it around and get wins in the next internationals."

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