No matter how much positivity the Republic Of Ireland's management tries to spin on last night's defeat to Wales, there's no denying that Irish football is at a particularly low ebb right now.
An air of defeatism is gathering over both fans and players, not unlike the final days of the Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni eras. Last night, just 38,321 supporters turned up on what should have been a special night at the Aviva Stadium to see Martin O'Neill's side slump to a second Nations League defeat of the current campaign. With relegation to League C looming, it now appears that some fans have had enough.
That feeling of apathy is pretty much summed up by this picture, taken by Twitter user @McDaddy_147 at the Aviva, which shows one fan who clearly decided that catching up some light reading was more entertaining than watching Ireland attempt to get back into the game after Harry Wilson's 58th minute strike.
— McD (@McDaddy_147) October 16, 2018
Note another lad on his phone, while others glumly stare ahead as the Boys In Green vainly try to rescue the result.
While it would be optimistic to say it's not "all doom and gloom," a Wales victory over Denmark in November followed by an Irish win over the Danes will see us finish in second place, avoiding relegation to the lower tier. But if that scenario is something to celebrate, it just reiterates the sorry state of Irish football at this time.