GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI believes Ireland turned a corner in the last three weeks and that qualification for Brazil 2014 is well within reach.
"Yes I think we grow, we grow enough. We grow also in our personality. Obviously we played against the world champions. Technically, they were superior, we knew this before the game, but players like Conor, like Coleman, James McCarthy and also in the second half, Cox and Quinn. I think it was a good experience for them," he said.
A bright and effective cameo from Stephen Quinn attracted praise from Trapattoni and there was even a hint that Ireland can now think about a different way of playing.
"Yes we have these two similar players, one is Hoolahan. Hoolahan is a little bit more creative and Quinn plays quickly. It depends also on the opponent, but with this game, we can have trust about also him. We have the new midfield with different attitude," the Italian said.
"We started against Spain with Hendrick because I wished to give him the possibility to grow a little more. He said to me, 'I was heavy, I don't know why'. It was warm. When we changed, Quinn came in and played really well. I think at this moment, we have more possession in midfield and we played better.
"I think we play three very positive games, Georgia, England and the Faroes and also this Spain. I think we lose now, but Georgia, Faroes was a good, positive time.
"I hope we start again in August with this trust, more trust, all the players, all the squad because this game against Spain will give us more confidence.
"This was Spain and we suffered a little bit against them, but they are world champions. We did well against England, Georgia and we beat the Faroes. We will start again in the autumn with these positive memories."