Martin O’Neill is confident the Republic of Ireland have the firepower to win games if they continue to be hard to beat.
The 61-year-old saw his team fight its way to a 0-0 friendly draw in Poland four days after launching his reign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Latvia.
Where flowing football was the order of the day against the Latvians, Ireland had to show their once traditional grit at the INEA Stadium in Poznan to keep Robert Lewandowski and his team-mates at bay.
O’Neill said: “International football is a wee bit like that these days, teams not running away with matches much.
“It would be nice to be hard to beat because you feel you would have enough ability to create something.
“Aiden McGeady in the final third has terrific feet and is a genuine danger. His own attacking instinct, he wants to think he can dribble himself out of any position on the park.”
On the opposition, O’Neill said: “The level of opposition was not in question. Poland are a wee bit unlucky not to be involved in play-off games.
“It was tough and was always going to be.”