Callum O'Dowda had "mixed emotions" after being named the FAI man of the match in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.

"It was a tough game," said the 25-year-old Bristol City winger, who started up front with Adam Idah and Aaron Connolly.

"Credit to Bulgaria, they were well-drilled and their shape was tough to break down.

"These games are never easy. A lot of positives but we could have been a bit more clinical in both boxes.

"I had one (opportunity) from Enda (Stevens), a pull-back, but on reflection, if we can get a good performance on Sunday (against Finland), three points and take four from two games…"

O'Dowda was replaced by Callum Robinson with 15 minutes to play but even though he wasn't on the pitch for Shane Duffy's late equaliser, he said it was indicative of the spirit in Stephen Kenny's team.

"I think that shows the attitude we’ve got," said the 25-year-old.

"We wanted to come here and get three points and it didn’t  happen. But the mentality was 'never give up’ and credit to the boys.

"We weren’t going to roll over and accept defeat.

"It’s been a long time since we had games on TV and we all recognise when we put this jersey on, how much it means to the people back home."