Republic of Ireland captain John O'Shea and manager Giovanni Trapattoni both found the positives after a drab 0-0 friendly draw with Wales in Cardiff.
It was a dull game at the City of Cardiff Stadium but the Sunderland player was happy that his side had not conceded.
O'Shea told Sky Sports 1: "I am a little bit disappointed. We had a couple of chances to win the game but it wasn't to be.
"I will take the positives and I'll take a clean sheet all day.
"We knew coming here it was going to be the test we wanted."
Ireland manager Trapattoni was happy with his team, saying: "Yes, with the performance, we deserved to win. We had three great chances only for their keeper who was fantastic."
Opposite number Chris Coleman believed his side had come through a difficult challenge posed by the Irish.
He said: "We got a tough game for sure, we knew it would be, they are very well organsied, it was a tough match.
"It was good for us to play our style of football (because) we won't come against a tougher team.
"The guys worked really hard.
"We rode our luck a couple of times.
"We got a really tough test so I am pleased enough with the team effort."