Republic of Ireland frontman Adam Idah was pleased with his side's performance after they held Euro 2020 bound side Hungary to a scoreless draw in Budapest.
Gavin Bazunu and Caoimhin Kelleher, who played a half each, both made crucial saves as they each attempted to persuade manager Stephen Kenny that they can push Darren Randolph for the number one spot.
Ireland denied the Hungarians a fourth successive win with which to head into the finals, and they might even have condemned them to a first defeat in 11 had John Egan's fifth-minute header crept under the crossbar rather than cannoned back off it.
Stephen Kenny's men had to operate without the ball for long periods in the first-half but increasingly grew into the game and while, on the face of it, a scoreless draw isn’t a great result, it gives Kenny something to build on heading into some crunch World Cup qualifiers in September.
Idah was happy with the display: "It was a tough game against a very good team," he said. "I thought we played very well, obviously it was great to have fans back in the stadium and it was good to have that spirit."
The clash with Hungary was Idah’s seventh senior international appearance and he continues to impress in an Ireland jersey.
The Norwich man has come up through the age groups for Ireland alongside Troy Parrott and the two showed glimpses of their understanding, having played together throughout the years.
"Me and Troy have been playing together since the Under-16s now and it was good that we were both able to play tonight, it’s probably our first time starting together in first team football," Idah said.
"We’re still getting used to playing with each other at this level. I thought the first-half we were still getting to understand how we play, working in the system.
"In the second-half I thought we did very well and if we can just keep doing that, we’ll look forward to September.
"I thought the whole team was excellent, I thought defensively the boy at the back were very good and if it wasn’t for them we could have been down, they were great tonight."
For now Idah is looking ahead to next season and staking a claim for a regular starting place with Norwich in the Premier League.
"We’ve still got pre-season to come," he said. "Obviously I want to get into the team and we’ve got such great players at Norwich, I’m looking forward to working hard and trying to get into the team.
"The Premier League is the best team in the world and that’s where everyone wants to play. I’ve got that opportunity to be playing in that league so hopefully I can get in that team, if not, we just keep working hard."