Sean St Ledger shrugged aside Republic of Ireland's draw with Slovakia and praised their record-breaking sixth clean sheet.
The Republic of Ireland have been instilled with an Italian style approach to defending by coach Giovanni Trapattoni.
Their draw with the Slovaks at the Aviva Stadium now needs them requiring a win in Moscow against Russia next Tuesday to qualify automatically for Euro 2012.
But, while the players and fans were downhearted after the result after gilt-edged misses by Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne, St Ledger looked for positives.
"Credit to all the players and the coaching staff the manager's brought in," he told Sky Sports 3.
"I think it's well known the manager has brought in a very organised, disciplined group of players, and we have shown that in international football.
"To keep six clean sheets in a row, it's obviously a bonus, but today we were looking for the three points and for that goal, which I thought was going to come at the end.
"But it wasn't to be, but that's football you have to give credit to Slovakia, they are a good side.
"They have some good players and they qualified for the World Cup. We look forward to the game in Moscow now."
However, St Ledger, who was named man of the match for his towering display at the heart of defence, will now miss the second leg.
He received a yellow card for tangling with a Slovakian late in the game which means he is suspended for the game in Moscow.
He added: "I just think the ref has to have a bit of common sense really. I've not intentionally stuck my leg out, I tried to get out of the way and he's just brandished [yellow card] it.
"I thought the referee was poor all night, he was indecisive and gave a lot of bad decisions but you just have to get on with it, that's football. We have to try and lift ourselves now."