Callum Robinson looked to the positives after impressing in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Wales.
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The 23-year-old was handed a start for the UEFA Nations League clash at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
His fourth cap lasted an hour before he was replaced by PNE team-mate Sean Maguire, many Irish fans bemused by the decision from under-pressure manager Martin O’Neill.
The change came shortly after Harry Wilson scored the decisive goal with a fine free-kick for Ryan Giggs’ side.
“That’s the manager’s choice,” Robinson told the Irish media.
“We wanted to change it up. It’s one of them where we go 1-0 down and he obviously wants to bring on Seani.
“It nearly worked at the end, we nearly got a goal when we were pushing on towards the end.
“I tried to be as bright as possible, I tried to get on the ball in dangerous areas which was quite hard in the game.
“But as the game goes on, it opens up and the lads came on and provided a real threat.
“You always feel like you’ve more to offer, if you’re not, then you’re not a positive thinker and I am a positive thinker and positive in the way I play.
“That’s the gaffer’s choice to bring on Seani and he was good in the game as well.”