Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni declared himself pleased with his side’s performance after they secured what could prove a crucial point against Sweden in Stockholm.
Ireland put in a much-improved display and rarely looked in trouble as they comfortably held Sweden to a goalless draw in their 2014 World Cup Group C qualifier in Stockholm.
Speaking after the match Trapattoni said: "I think this 90 minutes is a good result.
"Sweden have not forgotten how to score four goals, as they did against Germany.
"We started and in the first minutes we had a great opportunity with Shane Long.
"He could strike better but it was a good opportunity. Afterwards the game had a good balance.
“I don't know if Sweden were afraid about us but we were not afraid of them.
"For us it was very important not to concede a goal, or concede a defeat.
"Now we have played nine games without losing away.
"We are slowly changing some players in this team and the young players are getting more confident.
"I am sure we can increase this in the future, with this group."