Ulster winger Craig Gilroy admitted it was a pretty subdued Ireland dressing room after they lost 12-6 to England at the Aviva Stadium.
“It is a different feeling to the one I had the last time I was here and even to last week in Cardiff, it’s not a very nice place to be because it was a game where we really wanted to put a marker down and come away with the win,” said Gilroy.
“There were a few silly mistakes whether it was handling errors or penalties and England just capitalised on them and kicked the points.
“I think we had the desire to win and the hunger was there. We had a lot of injuries early on and things didn’t go our way but fair play to England they capitalised on them.
“At 6-6 we were in no doubt that we were going to win the game and at times we felt we had the momentum and then it quickly changed back but it was a one score game and we believed we were going to win right to the end.”
Gilroy was disappointed that the conditions didn’t help the flow of the game.
“There wasn’t that much ball in hand and little chance to carry. There was a huge amount of kicking and it was very stop start,” he added.
“It really wasn’t a game for a winger and I just tried not to get frustrated really, to do my best to help with the simple things.”
Gilroy feels that the England result was a step backwards after last week’s win in Cardiff.
“It was a huge win for us in Wales and it got the momentum going for us but there is no doubt we’ll come together and will be ready for Scotland in a couple of weeks.”