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Ireland’s Shane Duffy

Ireland’s Shane Duffy

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Ireland’s Shane Duffy

Ireland's stand-in captain Shane Duffy says the current squad cannot lose heart and see their confidence drop on the back of a goal-free run of games.

Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Wales means that the Republic have now scored just once in four games under Stephen Kenny, just two goals scored in the last seven competitive matches.

With the chance of a World Cup playoff spot via the Nations League gone, and pressure on Ireland to improve results to try and sneak in as second seeds for December's draw for the 2022 World Cup, it's not an easy time and Duffy admits it's a frustration.

"It's got to come. I'm just hoping that we get one and if we get a goal early on in a game we could go on and brush teams away with the way we are playing," says Duffy, retained as captain against Wales.

"It's just getting the ball in the back of the net. We've got players to do it.

"Hopefully they stay confident. I believe in them and everyone believes in the attacking players.

"I know it's frustrating but we believe in them and hopefully we can get the goals soon," Duffy added.

"Football is a results business and we are here for results and we haven't got what we wanted, so it's more frustrating than anything.

"But you have got to take positives from games and we have. We felt we could have won all four games under the new manager and we haven't won any, so we have got to be realistic as well and do that side, and most importantly get the results and we haven't.

"We've got to put it right. It's easier said than done, but we are trying. It's not for the lack of trying.

"It has come down to chances again and it's probably the same old story, we haven't finished them off. It's disappointing in that way. But I thought we played some good parts.

"Finland is the next game and we have to go out there and win to have a chance. The performances are there but the results are not, so we have to start getting results as well the performances."