Ollie Horgan said he thoroughly enjoyed his first night in charge at Finn Park as his new team battled to a 0-0 draw against Waterford United.
The former Fanad United boss paid tribute to his players for an honest display in the opening game of the new SSE Airtricity League First Division - and he admitted that it was a big occasion for himself too.
“Of course I enjoyed the occasion. It’s great and we got a result to go with it but should we have been beaten, I would have enjoyed the occasion as well,” he said. “That’s basically my nature.”
He added: “At half time, I was quite critical of the manner we went out, we didn’t really have the fight and heart that I expected and looked for from the players.
“We looked nervous and we looked rusty. We looked like we hadn’t done that good a pre-season which I felt we had. In the second half, while the football wasn’t pretty by any means, I felt there was a bit of pride there, a little bit of guts and to be fair to them (his players), probably on other days they would have conceded and lost that game 1-0.
“But to their credit, they stuck at it and got something out of it. But it’s only a point, and a point at home nothing more than that.”
Horgan and Harps now turn their attentions to Monday night when they meet Cockhill Celtic in the first round of the EA Sports League Cup at Finn Park (7.45pm).