Ireland must learn how to deal with top-class bowling and the pressure of batting last after falling short in their pursuit of a historic Irish win at Lord's, admits captain William Porterfield.
English bowlers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes destroyed any dreams of a fairytale result by skittling Ireland out for 38 between them on Day 3.
"It's a big learning curve, coming up against the likes of (Stuart) Broad and (Chris) Woakes," he told RTÉ Sport.
"Especially in conditions that favour those types of bowlers like they did today. You've got to try to counteract them.
"I'm pretty gutted. The changing room was pretty quiet after the game. We put ourselves in the position to win and it’s tough to take.
"That shows you how much it hurts. But as much as everyone is gutted in the changing room now, I would like everyone, before they leave here, to reflect on what has happened.
"It doesn't happen every week, the position we got ourselves into. We can take a lot from that and look back and reflect and be disappointed.
"That first couple of hours is going to stay with players and Irish fans for a long time. To take 10 wickets in the first session of a Lord's Test was an unbelievable effort and for Tim Murtagh to get up on the honours board is never going to be taken away from him."
Ireland would have been delighted to claim England’s final wicket so early in the morning session as Stuart Thompson sent Olly Stone’s leg stump flying with a beautiful inswinger with the first ball of Day 3.
After a break for rain though, the dream turned into a nightmare for Ireland, who were chasing 182 for a historic first Test win.
England had other plans and made light work of the Irish top order. Porterfield once again failed to trouble England and was soon gone after scoring just two rims.
Ireland were rattled and failed to settle. Next to lose his wicket was Andrew Balbirnie (5), quickly followed by Paul Stirling, who was gone for a duck after two balls when Ireland really needed him to steady the ship.
James McCollum and Gary Wilson's wickets made it 24-5 and the loss of Ireland veteran Kevin O’Brien signaled the end of any prospect of an Irish victory.
Mark Adair, who had bowled so well, could only make eight before he was sent on his way by an in-form Broad (4-19), who staked his claim for a place in the side for the upcoming Ashes.
Stuart Thompson was Woakes' (6-17) fifth victim before Andrew McBrine (0) and Tim Murtagh (2) toppled as Ireland were bowled out for 38, setting the unwanted mark of the lowest ever Test score at Lord's.
The 38 in the second innings leaves a sour taste after a hugely promising first two days. Ireland’s overall performance was far greater than their second innings would suggest, given the likes of Tim Murtagh and Mark Adair terrorised the England batting line-up.
Irish Cricket is on the rise on the world stage and despite the manner of defeat this Irish team have made sure the world is fully aware of what they can do in just their third ever Test.
Despite the heavy defeat, Porterfield believes playing against the world’s best will help develop the national side.
"We need volume and the standard of fixtures needs to be high," he said.
"Our Wolves (Ireland A) programme has many tours all over and it will help that they’ve been in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in various formats when young lads come through to the senior team and cement their places.
"On a team perspective, every game we’ve played, Pakistan, England, we’ve shown we can compete and have the ability to get over the line".
Building on the topic of youth in the Ireland side, Porterfield spoke highly of the impact of 23-year-old Mark Adair (6-98) with the ball.
"We always knew he was a talented kid. He has the mentality and personality for the big match and he’s got a big future to play, as have a number of the lads who played in the test."