Stuart Dallas considers winning Thursday’s friendly against Luxembourg is very important to Northern Ireland’s hopes of getting an outcome in the dip of Monday European Qualifier.
Michael O’Neill’s side began their qualifying campaign with two wins from Estonia and Belarus, but understand the challenges will be to come from Holland and Germany.
Thursday at Windsor Park, live on Sky Sports Premier League, can readily be missed but Dallas believes momentum is key.
“It’s a game we would like to win,” Dallas said. “We have won four on the rebound now and we want to keep that winning feeling as it brings confidence.
“Additionally, it keeps that momentum moving so we want to win Luxembourg.”
Dallas has grown used to the strain of expectation at Leeds as they continue to pursue advertising into the Premier League, but he stated there is a similar sense round Northern Ireland these days following their recent successes in attaining Euro 2016 and nearly qualifying for the final World Cup.
“I think that has changed in recent years and currently there are games we are predicted to win and I think that is because we have had success,” Dallas said.
“That is always good and it is a good pressure to get.”
Germany will attract star power to Windsor Park together but Dallas said Northern Ireland would not be overawed by a team which has seen its world slide to 15th – a relative slump.
“We definitely don’t worry them, we admire them,” Dallas said. “We are under no illusions about how difficult it’s going to be, so it will be difficult.
“I think we must believe we’ll get something from the match, there is no point in just having hope. I’m convinced a Windsor Park will bounce.
“As an baseball player, that can be intimidating and the lovers will play their role.
“From the home games you definitely always have a opportunity.”
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