Stoke manager Michael O'Neill enjoyed having "a bit of an atmosphere" again after his side ran out 1-0 winners against Wycombe in front of 1,000 supporters at Adams Park.
Wycombe fans were watching their team in the Championship for the first time, but they ultimately saw them come away with nothing as Nick Powell’s header settled what was a tight contest.
Tier three coronavirus restrictions mean supporters can not yet return to Stoke’s bet365 Stadium, but playing in front of a crowd away from home still made a welcome change for O’Neill after being behind closed doors since the sport resumed in June.
"It was positive, really good," the former Northern Ireland boss said.
"We’ve been playing now for so long in empty stadiums and, at times, it’s a little bit soulless, but tonight, even though there was only 1,000 people in the ground, we had a bit of an atmosphere.
"They were contesting the decisions, obviously, the referee was giving for and against them and, overall, I feel it was a positive that they were back.
"There’s been a lot talked about teams that will be permitted fans and teams that won’t be permitted fans.
"I don’t really have any strong opinion on that – we’re not permitted fans at Stoke, for example – but it was good to see fans here tonight."
No spectators have been allowed at games in the Republic of Ireland since the country moved to Level 3 restrictions against the spread of coronavirus in October.