RTÉ's analysts found themselves singing off the same hymn sheet in the wake of Switzerland’s 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in Geneva on Tuesday night, with the post-mortem concluding that Mick McCarthy’s men were fortunate to still be in position to qualify automatically for Euro 2020.
A Haris Seferovic strike and Shane Duffy's own goal left Ireland needing to beat Denmark in Dublin on 18 November to avoid the need to qualify via a likely play-off.
Seferovic's 16th-minute effort and Duffy's misfortune at the death secured a 2-0 win for the home side at the Stade de Geneva on a night when skipper Seamus Coleman was sent off for two bookable offences.
Had it not been for keeper Darren Randolph, who saved Ricardo Rodriguez's second-half penalty after denying Seferovic a second with a smart save, and the post which kept out a Fabian Schar header, the Swiss might have won much more comfortably, with Ireland rarely looking like claiming the victory which would have booked their place at next summer's finals.
Liam Brady was left exasperated by the performance of Ireland’s midfielders, telling viewers on RTÉ2: "I don’t remember our midfield making one creative pass in the whole match, which is an indictment.
"They’re professional footballers.
"I think we’re very lucky to be still in with a chance going into this game (v Denmark).
"We got totally outplayed in Denmark, and Denmark had six or seven gilt-edged chances and didn’t take them, and we scrambled a goal towards the end with desire, commitment and spirit - all the things that we’ve talked so many times about.
"Against the Swiss in Dublin, we got totally outplayed. They were wasteful and we got an equaliser towards the end with McGoldrick.
"I think Mick has remained loyal to a lot of theses lads because we’ve beaten Georgia at home and got a draw away, and they’ve beaten Gibraltar twice, but that’s not really a lot to be optimistic about going into a match against a team like Denmark in November."
Liam Brady was exasperated by the performance of Ireland's midfielders in the defeat to Switzerland and believes the side are lucky to still be in contention for an automatic qualification spot for Euro 2020. #suiirl #RTEsoccer pic.twitter.com/ihGcKwGZKc— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) October 15, 2019
Didi Hamann, who tipped Ireland for an upset win prior to kick-off, also lamented Ireland’s lack of quality.
"If you look at the two games, I think it’s been a very disappointing 180 minutes," Hamann opined.
"Randolph and Duffy, I think with the development they’ve had in the last 12 or 18 months that they’re real leaders. They’re there whenever you need them. You know you’ll get a performance out of them.
"John Egan also did well in both games.
"Apart from that, Glenn Whelan did okay today, but I don’t think any of the other outfield players come out with any credit.
"If you only have two or three player performing on a regular basis, you’ll struggle to win games."
Many Ireland fans will be disappointed by the manner of Ireland’s recent performance, but encouraged that qualification remains in our own hands, a sentiment Richie Sadlier reflected on.
"It’s in our own hands and we should be excited by the prospect of a potential win and a qualification," the former Millwall striker said.
"But we’re all feeling a little bit deflated by the manner in which we got here.
"If you reflect over all the performances, we’ve got six goals in seven games - two of those games were against Gibraltar.
"But the constant struggle we have to pass the ball to a player with the same coloured shirt as us, the constant giving the ball back to the opposition... and sometimes you play against teams that are better than you are. That happens when you are a country like us.
"But we make the situation more difficult for ourselves by doing the basics continuously wrong."