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O’Neill wants Northern Ireland to pile pressure on the Netherlands

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The Northern Irish are playing against Belarus on Tuesday’s EURO 2020 Qualifier in Borisov and would be an important win for the nation.

Northern Ireland is currently in the first position of the EURO 2020 Qualifiers Group C with nine points.

The team has won their three first matches, and another victory against Belarus would put a lot of pressure to third-place the Netherlands.

The Dutch are in third place with only three points after two matches.

And Northern Irish manager Michael O’Neill hopes they can pile pressure on the Oranje.

“The most important thing for us was to try and not drop points in any of these four games because obviously, we have to assume the Netherlands and Germany won’t drop points,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.

“But the nice thing for us is we can put pressure on, in particular, the Netherlands because they have games to play and make up.”

“As Estonia showed the other night, Belarus will look at this game as one they potentially could win,” he added.

“With that in mind, it’ll be an extremely difficult game. They have talented players in their squad, they have players in a season as well.”

“We come into the game mentally in a good place because we won the last game, our mental tiredness is not the same, so that should be the key factor for us,” he continued saying.

“We look forward to the game and we have everything to gain by trying to go out and get another three points.”

“The carrot is huge for us. The ability to have 12 points after four games will be a big achievement and put us in a strong position,” O’Neill added.

“That’s all the motivation the players need.”