A disappointed Robbie Brady was able to take positives from an improved Republic of Ireland display against Wales but admitted drawing another blank in front of goal - a sixth in a row - was difficult to take.
The Boys in Green's 1-0 defeat in the UEFA Nations League followed Thursday's 3-0 friendly loss to England, as manager Stephen Kenny's continues to search for his first victory in charge.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Burnley midfielder Brady, who played 80 minutes before being substituted, said: "There were a lot more positives than the other night. Our play was a lot better today, we had a few chances early on and we're just waiting for that first one to go in now and hopefully many more to come after.
"But we're disappointed not to score and it's a hard one to take."
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Meanwhile, Ireland's loss was Wales' gain as the hosts set up a winner-takes-all clash with Finland on Wednesday evening, but Welsh talisman Gareth Bale admitted that was not the focus before kick-off.
He said: "We were all just focusing on this game.
"We knew Ireland were going to make it difficult for us and in the first half maybe we didn't perform as well as could - the second half, we showed a bit more fight and we were happy to get the goal and get the victory."