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Sadlier Questions Stephen Kenny's 'One-Eyed Spin' Of Ireland Performances

Sadlier Questions Stephen Kenny's 'One-Eyed Spin' Of Ireland Performances
By Colman Stanley
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Another hugely disappointing 1-0 loss for Ireland, where the home side controlled the beginning and end of the match, but failed to score or create enough goal scoring opportunities, against what was Ukraine's second string side.

After last week's shocking loss to Armenia, and the handful of woeful performances under Stephen Kenny, the pressure will continue to pile onto the Irish manager and his players.

Ireland v Ukraine


One of Kenny's most consistent critics, Richie Sadlier, spoke after the game of his intrigue into what would be said by Kenny post-match, given what he feels is a penchant for the manager to not criticise performances after disappointing results.

It will be interesting to see what Stephen Kenny has to say afterwards. He's a great man for picking the positives and having a very, very one eyed spin on some of the performances in some of the games over the last little while. But tonight we were the second best team which is disappointing given we were against Ukraine's second team.

So it's another Nations League game that we didn't win, that we were beaten in, that we didn't score in, and it's yet another competitive home game that we haven't won in. It's been quite a while since we've won a competitive home game.

8 June 2022; Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland applauds supporters after his side's defeat in the UEFA Nations League B group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Ukraine at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Kenny said after the game that his side "made life hard for themselves", but added that he was pleased with their showing at the start and towards the end of the game.

Ireland will now continue their Nations League campaign against Scotland this Saturday in the Aviva Stadium, with kick-off at 17:00.

SEE ALSO: Ireland Player Ratings As Kenny's Side Suffer Another Nations League Defeat Against Ukraine

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