Republic of Ireland midfielder Kevin Kilbane accepts he has a lack of self-belief following a barren 16-month run without a goal.

The last time Kilbane was on the scoresheet was in a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands in a World Cup qualifying clash in Torshavn in June last year, with only five in 72 Ireland appearances overall.

More remarkably, the former West Bromwich Albion winger has failed to score in his last 83 games for Everton and now Wigan.

Kilbane was knocking in goals for fun at Wigan's St Christopher Park training ground on Friday.

He was relaxed and at ease then, but his belief starts to wane when the stakes are raised when he crosses the white line on match days.

"I should score more goals and I know I have the ability to do so, but it's never really happened for me," Kilbane said.

"I know I should be aiming higher but when I've gone on to the pitch, I've been thinking 'is it going to happen?', rather than making it happen.

"That is possibly down to my mental approach. I need to believe I can get more goals.

"(Wigan manager) Paul Jewell has spoken to me about getting into the box more and to start believing I am going to get goals.