Aaron Connolly did not hide his frustration at both Republic of Ireland's UEFA Nations League loss to Finland on Wednesday night and the circumstances that saw him miss the penalty shootout defeat to Slovakia last Thursday in the Euro 2020 play-offs.

The 20-year-old Brighton forward missed that earlier fixture after a member of non-football staff to whom he had been sitting too close on the flight over tested positive for coronavirus.

However, it later emerged that the test had produced a false positive result and he could have played.

Asked to sum up the last week, Connolly told Sky Sports: "Frustrating, that's all I can say. If it's the rules in the UK, well then I play the game, 1.9m away from somebody who ended up with a false positive.

"I don't want to go into it too much, but to miss a game like that - I might never get the chance to play in a game like that again - so to miss that game was frustrating. I can't really put into words how frustrating it actually is." 

On tonight's defeat to Finland, the Galway native felt Ireland deserved more from the game.

"Tough. I think we deserved to win that game. I'm not even sure what happened for the goal. Obviously we've lost it at the back and they've punished us," he said.

"But it's disappointing. It's another game that we haven't scored in. You feel like there's going to be a break sometime for us and we'll be able to put one in, but it just doesn't look like it's coming at the minute."