McDermott reaction to Irish rompRoyals boss Brian McDermott was delighted to get exactly what the doctor ordered from a fleeting visit to Ireland and a friendly clash against Bray Wanderers.
"I have been really pleased with everything about today," he said after a comprehensive 8-1 win at Carlisle Grounds.
"We needed this game. By the time we play our next Premier League game, we'll have played two games and everyone else will have played four.
"So we've come here today, needing get a get a game somewhere in Europe, and I have to thank Pat Devlin, the Bray manager, who did us a real favour by accommodating us.
"The welcome we've had is fantastic. The hotel we're staying in is first class and everything about this trip has been superb. I can't thank them enough.
"A lot of players needed the ninety minutes today and everyone's come through unscathed and with a game under our belts. That was really important."
And not only the minutes mattered, but eight goals and a big win can't have done any harm for the players' confidence.
"I said to the players beforehand that what is really important is that no matter the game you play in, you should always look to maintain your reputations.
"The reputations of our players have been going up and up and up in the last three years - but it's amazing how quickly your reputation can dip a little bit if you don't do things right.
"We certainly did things right today.
"The most important thing was to come here and get the game in, get a performance and get some goals. We've done just that."
The stop-start beginning to life in the top flight meant this match was important to help us keep our momentum.
"We're eager to get going really. We had the Sunderland game called off, after we had gone to Chelsea and put in a great performance, a performance that deserved more.
"So now, we're looking forward to the game against Spurs. It's a great league - the lads are loving every minute of it."