Manager's praise for crowd influence
Mick McCarthy says the crowd reaction helped to spur his players on as they delivered the goods against Georgia on a night of mixed emotions at the Aviva Stadium.
Conor Hourihane's winning goal came immediately after a stoppage forced by a tennis ball protest aimed at the FAI.
The Irish boss was relieved that protests had no impact on his players and felt that his team's showing pointed to brighter days ahead on the pitch.
"I think most fans have come here to watch the game and cheer on the team," said McCarthy.
"I was concerned it (protest) would affect our concentration but I don't think it affected the game at all.
"Some came in to have a pop at the FAI but thankfully it's not affected anything.
"Maybe they'll be a bit happier," he added.