David Unsworth hailed the character of his Under-21s side after coming from behind to defeat Bohemians 2-1 at Dalymount Park.
The young Blues fell behind to a goal against the run of play inside 10 minutes, but hit back with second half goals from Antony Evans and Calum Dyson.
Speaking after the pre-season friendly in Dublin, Unsworth declared himself satisfied with the victory over a stubborn SSE Airtricity League outfit.
“There were some really good bits of play from us,” he told evertontv. “We are pleased with some of the aspects of our game and we scored two more good goals.
“The character is something I could never question. Since I came back to the Club, the attitude of the group as a whole has been outstanding and I know we have good players.
“It’s just a case of putting one or two things right and that’ll come. It’s what pre-season is for - we need to pick away and get better and get fitter.
“You want everybody to have minutes, so we get to the end of pre-season with everyone having played the same amount of minutes. It was great to get everyone involved and it was a very pleasing performance overall.”
The former Blues defender also reserved praise for 16-year-old Evans.
The youngest member of Unsworth’s travelling party looked a constant threat in an advanced midfield role and got his reward with the Toffees’ equaliser shortly after the half-time interval.
“I’m delighted for Antony Evans,” he added. “It’s his first real involvement with us in the Under-21s and he didn’t look out of place.
“He’s got bags of ability and we’ll have to be patient with him, but we’re delighted to have him here and he took is goal really well tonight.
“He’s a very grounded lad, he’s a local boy and we’re really proud of him. He needs to keep his head down now and keep working, hopefully there are plenty more goals and performances like that from him.”