I imagine the over-riding feeling deep down for Ian Baraclough on Friday night was one of relief.
say relief because he eventually got his Northern Ireland managerial spell up and running and, secondly, that his team left Bucharest with their first ever Nations League point thanks to a spirited backs to the wall performance.
I'm convinced he looked a few years older at the full time whistle than he did at the start of the game. The emotional rollercoaster throughout the 90 minutes had him looking a bit drained at the end!
From the high of the referee's whistle getting his tenure under way, going a goal behind, having a man sent off, relying on an inspired goalkeeping performance to stay in the game, Gavin Whyte's late equaliser and then, just when he thought the drama was over, Peacock-Farrell then pulled off a sensational save to deny Denis Alibec what would have been a winner in the cruellest of fashions.
No wonder he looked drained!
The question everyone wants answered is what did we learn from his first game in charge and what did he learn about the players?
On the players themselves, Ian will have heard and read so much about the resilience and desire of Northern Ireland teams throughout the years. Even back to the glory days of 1982 and 1986, the legends back then still openly admit they had to fight and scrap for everything they earned. They never took success for granted and the players on Friday night epitomised that same attitude as well as character.
Witnessing that first hand will have given Ian great optimism and hope moving forward because if your players have that mindset, it's amazing what you can achieve as a group.
On the game itself, when Ian gets the chance to analyse it fully, he will be slightly disappointed with the team's inability to keep the ball and get more of a foothold in the game, particularly when it was 11v11. There are mitigating circumstances because of where a lot of the players are in their preparations for the coming season so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
They are at varying match fitness levels and that showed with regards their touch, awareness and speed of thought, especially in the first half.
The game was scrappy and we struggled to get any fluency, which allowed the Romanians to dominate the ball. Clearly some of our players weren't as sharp as they'd want to be. It's a work in progress that will improve with more games.
The ideal night for a manager is a good result with a performance to go with it. Friday night was purely about result, due to the timing of the game and fitness issues, so from that point of view it was job done.
I also felt it was a brave decision to start young Daniel Ballard of Arsenal after just four Under-21 caps under his belt but it paid off. The only way you find out if youngsters are ready to step up is to play them and see.
There's no doubt the absence of Jonny Evans hindered our ability to dominate possession as much as we usually do as he's terrific on the ball but young Ballard showed a great temperament for the big occasion.
I know he's been training with Arsenal's first team but Friday night's occasion would have been a big jump up even from that and he handled it superbly well. He was aggressive in one on one situations, didn't take any risks with the ball and read the game very well for someone so young. We have certainly gained a player in that respect.
It's been a quick turnaround from Friday night. However the players will no doubt be desperate to get back playing at Windsor Park even without the fans.
I expect the shackles to be off a bit more and confidence high, as that late equaliser will have psychologically made it feel like a win in Romania.
It's time to step up another level with the Euro finals play-off against Bosnia on the horizon, I'm confident we'll do just that.
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