Colin Bell believes the Republic of Ireland are "moving forward" as they look to wrap up their 2019 World Cup qualification campaign with a home victory against Northern Ireland in Tallaght on Friday evening.
It's been an up-and-down year for the Irish. A memorable draw in the Netherlands raised hopes they'd emerge from a difficult group, but three defeats on the spin against the Dutch and then Norway twice ultimately ended the dream.
Bell admitted his team had paid the price for errors at crucial times in those crunch games but was upbeat overall as Ireland - assured of third place - targeted another win to offer further proof that they are on a upward curve.
"I think we've had a positive campaign," he told RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue.
"We're moving forward, definitely. The last couple of games, with defeats against top nations like Holland and Norway, that hurt. I still believe it could have been possible to get something out of those game but we just made - in decisive areas - two silly mistakes which cost us.
"When you're playing that quality, when you do make even a small mistake they will punish you. On the other side, when they made errors we weren't able to punish them.
"That's an area we have to improve on but we want to round the campaign off the way we started it, and that's with a victory."
Ireland beat the North 2-0 in Lurgan a year ago thanks to goals from Meghan Campbell and a Rachel Furness og. Campbell remains out injured but Shelbourne Ladies striker Jessica Ziu receives her first call-up to the squad, with Heather Payne and Player of the Year Harriet Scott both back after lay-offs.
"We know it's going to be a tough one," added Bell. "They've got some excellent, talented players, especially Megan Bell - no relation! She's a fantastic young player.
"They'll be dangerous for sure. They'll be very physical, that's what they've proven in the previous matches."
Republic of Ireland squad v Northern Ireland (Friday, Tallaght Stadium, 5.30pm)
Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Amanda Budden (Cork City).
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Heather Payne (Bristol City), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg)
Midfielders: Tyler Toland (Maiden City), Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Denise O'Sullivan (NC Courage), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Isibeal Atkinson (Shelbourne Ladies).
Forwards: Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham), Amber Barrett (Peamount United), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne Ladies)