Stuart Dallas believes winning Thursday’s friendly against Luxembourg is crucial to Northern Ireland’s hopes of obtaining an outcome in Monday’s dip European Qualifier.
Michael O’Neill’s side began their campaign with two wins from Belarus and Estonia, but understand the larger challenges would be to emerge against Holland and Germany.
Thursday at Windsor Park, live on Sky Sports Premier League, can readily be overlooked but Dallas believes momentum is essential.
“It’s a game we want to win,” Dallas said. “We have won four on the rebound now and we want to keep that winning feeling since it brings confidence.
“Additionally, it keeps that momentum going so we want to win against Luxembourg.”
Dallas has grown used to the pressure of anticipation at Leeds as they continue to pursue marketing to the Premier League, but he said there is a similar feeling around Northern Ireland these days after their recent victories in reaching Euro 2016 and almost qualifying for the past World Cup.
“I believe that’s changed in the last few years and now there are games we are expected to acquire and I believe that’s because we have had success,” Dallas said.
“That’s always good and it’s a great pressure to have.”
Germany will attract star power to Windsor Park together but Dallas stated Northern Ireland would not be overawed by a team which has witnessed its world ranking slide to 15th – a slump.
“We definitely don’t worry them, we admire them” Dallas said. “We’re under no illusions about how difficult it’s going to be, it is going to be difficult.
“I believe we must believe we will get something out of the game, there’s no point in just having expect. I am sure a Windsor Park will soon be bouncing.
“As an opposing player, that can be intimidating as well as the fans will play their part.
“From the home games you definitely always have a chance.”
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