Now, Hogan has been called into the Ireland squad for the first time, and could make his debut against Moldova or Wales as Martin O'Neill attempts to secure a place at the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer. Defeat for the Irish at home to Moldova and a win for Wales in Georgia would eliminate Martin O'Neill's side.
Manager Gordon Strachan had the unfortunate task of competing with fierce country rivals England in World Cup qualifying as both were drawn in Group F, and the northern home nation sit on fourteen points, behind the Three Lions, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Thursday night's results didn't leave anything in Ireland's hands in terms of securing a playoff spot but they did offer us another potential out.
"I think we will have to look at that very, very carefully".
The permutations aren't looking good for the second-placed team in Group D, while there will be a few sweaty palms for those teams competing in Group E and H who are only slightly better off than Wales and Republic.
"We qualified for a competition and I think season tickets have gone from 4,000 to 16,000 so I think there is some evidence we are doing okay".
It won't be a sparkling performance and I can see it taking some time to really wrap it up, but with Kane in the team they should be able to break down Slovenia.
There is no Robbie Brady or James McClean tonight due to suspension, and with Jonathan Walters injured a number of players could be in line to make their debuts. "With the Euros and the possibility of qualification and some games being in Dublin, there are exciting times ahead". They still have an outside chance of topping the group, but would need Serbia to drop points against Austria and Georgia.
I'm not suggesting Northern Ireland will down tools but I think they'll accept they will be on the back foot and will have to work hard defensively.
Assistant boss Keane had spoken of returning to club management but O'Neill believes the former Manchester United captain is now happy to stay on.
McGoldrick was also a doubt despite being included in the final 30-man squad last weekend, with the Ipswich forward said to be struggling with a hamstring injury.