We do not have time to dwell on Ukraine defeat – Republic boss Stephen Kenny

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has told his players they do not have time to be hurt over their pointless start to the new Nations League campaign.

Ireland slipped to a second successive 1-0 defeat on Wednesday night when a much-changed Ukraine side won at the Aviva Stadium four days after Kenny’s men lost in Armenia to leave them at the foot of League B, Group 1.

The manager, whose side welcome Scotland to Dublin on Saturday, said: “We’re hurting at the moment and we don’t have time for that because such is the quick turn-around here. We’ve got to get ourselves ready for Scotland.”

Shane Duffy went close to scoring for Ireland against Ukraine (Niall Carson/PA)

Asked if he was surprised his side had not opened their account, Kenny added: “We wanted to do that and we haven’t done that, that’s for sure, particularly with the game in Armenia.

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