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The Boys in Green head coach believes that he has plenty to think about after witnessing his side hold Poland to a 0-0 draw in Poznan

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has praised his side's resilience after their 0-0 friendly draw against Poland in Poznan on Tuesday.

The Boys in Green boss took the opportunity to rotate his squad for the game, making a number of changes from the team that defeated Latvia 3-0 in Dublin, with captain Robbie Keane and Sunderland's John O'Shea among those dropping to the bench.

Speaking after the game, O'Neill acknowledged that the game lacked chances and excitement, but was determined to take the positives.

"There weren't many chances in the game but I thought we showed terrific resilience in the end," he told reporters. "We became a bit ragged in the last 10 minutes of the first half. And in the second half, the changes we made, you know, that disrupted our rhythm.

"But there was loads of positives for me to take out of it and it has been really enjoyable for me. I think the same is true for Roy [Keane] and Seamus McDonagh, it was a real pleasure."

"It was away from home, it is a good result for us in that sense," continued the Ireland boss. "There is lots we can improve on. I think the players know that themselves, but against Poland away, it was tough going."

O'Neill also singled out Aiden McGeady for praise, suggesting that the Spartak Moscow winger's dribbling ability is "a real danger" to the opposition.

"I thought [Aiden] McGeady again, in the final third of the pitch, he has terrific feet and he is a real danger," said O'Neill. "I know Aiden wants to think he can dribble himself out of any position in the park but in the last third, taking lads on, he is terrific. We have a lot to work with."

After expressing his enjoyment of the beginning of his tenure, the Ireland boss joked that he would "have withdrawal symptoms" with the next international game due to take place in 2014.

"We will get back in the early hours and we are going to a hotel, and I won't see them for some time," he added. "I'll have withdrawal symptoms - I'm not so sure it will be the same for the players.

"I might be on the phone to them, but I'm not sure they are looking forward to that."

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