Ireland struggled to create chances once again as they slumped to a defeat that looks set to lead to relegation to the third tier of the UEFA Nations League, with a third place seeding for the Euro 2020 qualifiers now also on the horizon.
O'Neill's men now have just a single point from their two Nations League fixtures and will be looking to avenge a 4-1 reverse at the hands of Wales back in September.
Yet despite Ireland's latest blunt display, O'Neill offered up an upbeat version of his side's efforts against a youthful Wales side.
"He does it in training and funnily enough, when we got the free-kick, I turned around to the bench and said it was a bit too far out", Lampard told Sky Sports last month.
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After a drab first half at the Aviva Stadium, Wilson needed no second invitation when Harry Arter needlessly fouled Connor Roberts on the edge of the Irish area.
O'Neill admits they lack the technical quality of some of the sides they come up against, but he has little doubt about their character and willingness to fight for the country, as personified by Stoke midfielder McClean. "We played some really good stuff, we could have scored more goals, but the thing I'm most proud about is the clean sheet, that will to defend and putting their bodies on the line". We can't show you the video, but click through here to see him in full flow and to read about how Reds' fans are going nuts. I said on Thursday that we didn't do the basics against Spain but we did today.
'I fined Harry for the goal at Old Trafford a few weeks ago, I won't be tonight!' Giggs joked. We were led by the captain.
If Martin O'Neill's team fail to win, they will most likely finish bottom of their mini-group in the tournament. "It's a tough group and now it's in our hands".