Michael O’Neill says he is “devastated” after Northern Ireland slumped to a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands by conceding three goals in the last 10 minutes.
The visitors had defended valiantly for the vast majority of the game, and took a shock lead against the run of play after 75 minutes when Josh Magennis rose above Matthijs de Ligt to head home and send Northern Ireland fans into ecstasy.
Highlights of the European Qualifier Group C game between the Netherlands and Northern Ireland
“We have to win the two games, it’s as simple as that,” he added. “The third goal was disappointing because it makes the head-to-head with Holland that much more difficult but the team can be very proud of themselves.
“We’re playing against a team of world-class players and we’ve got players who are in League One, so we probably need a bit of perspective.”
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Magennis: Bitter pill to swallow
Goalscorer Magennis said his side can take positives from both tonight’s defeat and the 2-0 loss to Germany last month despite not managing to pick up a result in either match.
“It’s very, very disappointing for our raw emotions that we got beat but we’ll take massive positives from not just this game but the last two games,” he said.