Michael O’Neill has questioned why Netherlands found it so difficult to beat Northern Ireland after Ronald Koeman labelled his side’s approach as “terrible to watch”.
Highlights of the European Qualifier Group C game between the Netherlands and Northern Ireland
O’Neill, whose side are now third in the group and still have Netherlands at home and Germany away to come, believes the manner of the hosts’ celebrations at their victory is proof his side rattled this year’s Nations League finalists.
O’Neill said he was devastated with defeat to the Netherlands as Northern Ireland surrendered a lead to eventually lose 3-1 in Rotterdam
“When you go 1-0 ahead with 15 minutes to go you are close to having a really historic result. But equally we have to give credit to them because they managed to claw their way back into the game. They have got real class, we saw that.
“But for all the possession that they had, Bailey (Peacock-Farrell) has had busier nights. Maybe they should have given us a little more credit.”
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Northern Ireland next face Czech Republic, who shocked England last week, in a friendly on Monday and O’Neill believes the match offers a good test should they finish third, which could still offer the opportunity to qualify for next summer’s finals via the play-offs.