Martin O'Neill wasn't too perturbed by the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 loss to Mexico.
A second string side which featured debutants Alan Browne and Kevin Long suffered a heavy defeat in New Jersey.
They struggled for much of the game as goals from Jesus Corona, Raul Jimenez and Carlos Vela put the Mexicans 3-0 up.
Stephen Gleeson got his first goal as he pulled one back for the Boys in Green.
O'Neill says he was happy that players got game time - and admits that was the main aim for the outing:
“First of all, I was delighted with the game,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.
“Secondly, quite a number of players have not played football for quite a considerable amount of time.
“In terms of our preparation for the main game against Austria, I thought it was excellent. Mexico were very good, they were good on the ball as befits a side like that.
“I thought it was a great work-out, a great exercise for us."
“We have to try it, that's the whole point,” O’Neill said of his experiment with the 3-5-2 formation.
"That's what I said in the last two or three days: let's have a look at it because we might have to do it at some point in our World Cup campaign, we might have to change systems.
"You can play a number of systems but you have to deal with situations.
"Mexico played much better than us, they deserved to win the game. As far as I'm concerned, it was great. I was delighted to take on, I thought it was great preparation."
If you want to watch Ireland's second string get comfortably beaten by Mexico - you can check out the highlights here: