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O’Neill wants Northern Ireland to forget Thursday’s collapse

Michael O’Neill, Northern Ireland, EURO 2020
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Northern Ireland had a 1-0 advantage against the Netherlands on Thursday night but ended up losing 3-1 against the Dutch.

On Thursday night, Northern Ireland had a 1-0 advantage over the Netherlands in the 75th minute.

But two goals by Memphis Depay ended up costing the three points to the Northern Irish, as they lost 3-1 in the EURO 2010 Qualifications.

“When the draw was made in Dublin we knew we were in the toughest group,” O’Neill said according to Four Four Two.

“We knew Germany was the pot two team everyone was trying to avoid but we were allocated that group and we had to meet that challenge head-on.”

“What we have to do is try to win the game in Belfast and then go into the game in Frankfurt with something to play for,” he added.

“We can only do that if we beat Holland. Given the nature of how we lost here, it would be nice to beat Holland in Belfast if we can.”

He explained: “Maybe we’re not a team that can compete technically but we can compete in terms of structure, spirit, and heart and that’s what we did.”

“But ultimately I don’t tend to look back on games that we’ve lost with any great pride and this game will be no different.”

The manager concluded: “We have to give opportunities to some of the players. Obviously a friendly off the back of a game like this is not that significant but equally, we have to get game time into the young players.”

“The players on the periphery of the square are playing their club football at a pretty low level and this is the top level. The Czech Republic will provide a stiff test for us too and hopefully, it’s a game we can pick ourselves up for.”