We may have started last night's friendly with a lot of first team players missing and two debutants in the starting line-up but the general consensus is Ireland should have been better.
The Boys In Green fell to a 1-0 defeat to Iceland, our first loss at the Aviva Stadium since we lost to Turkey in May 2014.
There were some decent individual performances, in particular from Johnny Hayes and Daryl Horgan when he came on but despite there not being much at stake, people generally weren't too happy with what they saw:
Well thats 90mins I'll never get back again #IREvICE
— Vincent Reynolds (@vinnie_reynolds) March 28, 2017
I never usually bet on Irish internationals, but I did tonight. Needless to say no bets were successful. Dire from IRE! #IREvICE
— Donal Murphy (@1DonalMurphy) March 28, 2017
Ireland finish the game with 657 crosses and no shots #IREvICE
— Thomas O'Connell (@thomasoc2012) March 28, 2017
Even though it's only a friendly, and that many of the first team regulars were missing, that's a bad loss at home tonight. #IREvICE
— Donnacha Curtin (@Le_Dooner) March 28, 2017
Of course there were some mandatory gas tweets, starting with what we think was some excellent Icelandic punwork...
We were frozen out tonight.#IREvICE
— Anthony Dinan (@anthonydinan) March 28, 2017
This game has been as tedious as that shite Katie storyline in Fair City #IREvICE
— Dara Brady (@darabrady8) March 28, 2017
You can't escape fact that these are pretty average & just a better looking version of ourselves..& they are geogeous #IREvICE
— Mick O'Keeffe (@okmick) March 28, 2017
We may no longer be a country controlled by the Catholic church but we still love a good cross. #IREvICE
— Mark Farrelly (@MarkFarrelly131) March 28, 2017
Newstalk commentators 'let Christie take it' the undoubted highlight of the night. #IREvICE
— tony canning (@canning_tony) March 28, 2017
We suppose this tells us that expectations have been raised if we're disappointed to lose to the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists and an all-round decent football nation.
The main thing is that after the draw with Wales on Friday, we're still unbeaten in World Cup Qualifying which is what really matters.
Let's hope we can improve on tonight's performance when Austria come to town in June.
(header pic credit: @DonnaMartin03)