Midfielder Greg Tempest played 70 minutes in Northern Ireland’s Under-21 International Challenge match with Denmark on Wednesday afternoon.
Northern Ireland were beaten 4-1 at Stangmore Park in Dungannon but went into the break on level terms, following a strong first-half showing.
A 57th minute strike put the Danes in front and two more goals inside seven minutes followed to put the outcome of the match out of question.
Despite the result, Tempest was pleased to add his second Under-21 international cap, following his inclusion in the 2015 European qualifier against Cyprus in May.
“I feel like I’m becoming a better player by playing international football so it’s helping with my development with Notts County,”
“I felt like I did okay in the game, especially in the first half because after the break everyone dropped off and they just dominated.”
He added: “In the first half we went one down but came back to 1-1, which is a good thing to do against Denmark who are a good team and one of the best in Europe.
“Overall, it was a good week with training leading up to the game but it was that little patch that killed us.
“In international football, if you give teams like that time they’re going to take advantage of it.”
Following the full time whistle, Tempest flew straight back to England so that he could rejoin the rest of the Magpies’ squad ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet League 1 encounter with Walsall.
“I got back about 9pm last night (Wednesday) after getting a flight straight after the game,” continued.
“I’m a bit tired now but I think if I do less today I’ll be alright for tomorrow in preparation of Walsall.
“Even if I’m not involved, I’m looking forward to being there and seeing the lads do well against Walsall, because I think we can get a result there.”
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