Michael O'Neill happy with Northern Ireland despite Chile and Uruguay defeats
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill believes that his side's South American tour was a success.
Last Updated: 05/06/14 10:56am
O'Neill's side went down 2-0 to Chile in Valparaiso, thanks to two late goals from Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Pinilla.
The Green and White Army had suffered a 1-0 loss to Uruguay last week, thanks to a second-half goal from Christian Stuani.
Both Chile and Uruguay will feature in the World Cup in Brazil, and O'Neill says that his players gave a good account of themselves against teams who could not break them down easily.
"I've got a huge amount more than I anticipated from the trip," said the 44-year-old.
"I'd have to say, in all honesty, it's been the best 10 days I've had in the job and I've just told the players that.
"They've been a joy to work with and in terms of their application, even the lads who didn't get the chance. It's been a really positive atmosphere.
"Steven Davis and Aaron Hughes have both said it's as good a trip as they've been on and given they've got 150 caps between them that is testament to it.
"The bonding that has gone on has been really good, with the younger players bringing that freshness and the older players responding to that."