Irish fans stayed on after the final whistle to sing and applaud the players
Ireland's Euro 2016 hero Robbie Brady paid tribute to the fans in the wake of their defeat to France in Lyon on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Brady echoed the comments of his captain Seamus Coleman in stating that they were bitterly disappointed by the result, adding that they felt they had let it slip a bit in the second half.
Noting that he slotted away a penalty in the early stages, Brady said he was always sure that he was going to be able to find the back of the net past Hugo Lloris.
"I felt confident [taking the penalty], I've been confident taking them and I don't know, I just wanted to get as close to that feeling that I had the other night and put it away."
Reiterating the disappointment felt by the squad, the clearly deflated Norwich player said that the tight turnaround time did have an effect as they tired as the game wore on.
"I think it affected us in the end, with the two goals, they had a little bit more going forward. It's hard to look back on it now," he added, "I'm just so disappointed."
The one moment that did seem to bring some joy back to his face to was mention of the scenes at the end of the game when the fans stayed behind in the stadium to salute the players.
The squad themselves found it difficult to tear themselves away from that outpouring of emotion, and Brady outlined just how much it meant to him and the players afterwards, saying: "It was unbelievable. They've been absolutely fantastic. I almost feel sorry for people who aren't form Ireland when you go out and see that. They've always been amazing just to stand there and see them and listen to them at the end was unbelievable."