Kevin Long was left with mixed emotions following his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland.

The Cork-born defender made his international bow as a substitute in the friendly defeat by Mexico in New Jersey on June 1, and his first start in last weekend's 3-1 win over Uruguay.

Martin O'Neill named him in his starting line-up for yesterday's 1-1 draw with Austria at the Aviva Stadium.

Long emerged unsure of what to make of a result which might have been better, but could have been significantly worse.

Long said: "The way the first half went, it was probably a point gained, but then again if you look at the second half - the momentum we created in the second half, we had a few chances to score goals - you could say it's points dropped.

"But we'll take it and we'll move on."

"To be fair, we never really started the game at all and we were pretty sloppy in the first half. The manager had a few words and in the second half, we came out and I thought we were a much better team and probably deserved to get three points."

Long headed off on his summer break having been rewarded for his decision to miss out on being best man for his brother to link up with the Republic squad.

It has been a good few weeks for the 26-year-old, who started the last three games of the Premier League season for Burnley to put himself in contention for international recognition after finally shaking off his persistent injury problems.

He said: "It's an honour to represent my country and it has been a brilliant few weeks for me. To make my debut out in New York and then start my first game last week and then play a competitive fixture this week, it's what dreams are made of.

"A competitive fixture like this, to play for your country, they're the games you want to be involved in. I'll go and enjoy now a few weeks off, I'll go back to Burnley in July and hopefully I can kick on again and start playing more games."