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Republic’s poor run continues with defeat to Wales

Ireland were beaten 1-0 in Dublin on Tuesday evening. Credit: INPHO

Pressure is mounting on Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill after a poor Nations League campaign continued with defeat against Wales.

The Irish enjoyed the better of the first half of Tuesday night’s game in Dublin but couldn’t make it count, and were ultimately undone by Harry Wilson’s 58th-minute free kick.

The result leaves them firm favourites to be relegated from League B next month, which would put them on a more difficult route to the Euro 2020.

The result adds to pressure on manager Martin O'Neill. Credit: INPHO

Ireland are now without a win in five competitive matches dating back to last October's World Cup qualifier victory in Cardiff.

However O’Neill remains defiant as he approaches his fifth anniversary in the job.

Defender Richard Keogh, who has captained the team in the last two matches, said he is firmly behind the manager.

“The manager is experienced enough to know football,” he said.

“He's been great for me personally and I can only speak on behalf of me and a lot of the lads who have been together a long time. We've enjoyed the last five years. We've loved it.

"It's a bit of a rebuild mode, but I think if you ask the manager he's still loving it.

“I think you could see tonight from our performance that we're all going to the end and we're all together. That's the most important thing."

The Republic take on Northern Ireland in an international friendly on 15 November, before travelling to Denmark in the Nations league on the 19th.

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