"At half time we got about the team," said Flitcroft. "The second half display's as good as we've seen all season. I don't want to underestimate what we've come up against here - this is a very, very good team. I think their position in the table's false.
"We've more than matched one of the better teams in the league.
"I'm really disappointed with the first half in terms of offsides. We were caught offside seven times.
"I asked them (O'Grady & Pedersen) to tidy up their work. If they could lock that ball in then we could get Paddy McCourt in the game and Jim O'Brien in the game.
"More importantly, Jim O'Brien led the charge. His enthusiasm but, more importantly, his quality, was outstanding and he deserved the goal more than any other player.
"I'd have backed Jason to score in that situation. I was expecting it nestling in.
After falling behind to a free header from Daryl Murphy, the Reds turned to Jim O'Brien to cap off a fine individual display - having sprung from the bench - with a well taken goal.
Flitcroft added of O'Brien, "His quality was excellent. His positioning - when to come inside the pocket and when to go outside. I was more pleased with the quality in his passing. I know I get an energy and work-rate from him, but it was when, why and where he had to run - he did that well.
"He's put himself right in the front door.