Áine O'Gorman believes the Republic Ireland are entitled to take positives from their 3-0 UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifier defeat to Germany with a vital clash against Ukraine on the horizon.
Germany, ranked number two in the world, were always expected to top Group I and before Saturday’s game had racked up 31 goals from their four games.
Vera Pauw’s side conceded three first-half goals but adapted in the second period to deny the Germans from adding to their tally.
Three of the second-place teams across the nine groups qualify automatically for the finals, which will be held in England from 6-31 July 2022.
Ireland have already beaten Ukraine, 3-2 in Dublin, and picking up three points on the road on 23 October will put them firmly in the mix for a spot a major championship for the first time.
"It was always going to be a tough one, Germany, at the moment, are probably the best team in the world," O’Gorman told the RTÉ Soccer podcast.
"We have to take the positives out of the second-half performance.
"We kept it 0-0 and we tried to play, we got forward a little bit, maybe it was just the final pass in the final third [that let us down].
"It was a good test against the best in the world to see where we are at.
"We can take a lot from it and it was good preparation for the game against Ukraine.
"It’s a must-win game and we’ll all get more [club] games under our belt.
"We hadn’t been together since we played Montenegro away last March. It was a big gap so it was good to get in, training every day.
"We have to make sure we do the business against Ukraine and that’s the only game we can control at the moment, we have to prepare right and get the job done."