Stuart Dallas considers winning Thursday’s friendly against Luxembourg is vital to Northern Ireland’s hopes of obtaining a result in Monday’s dip European Qualifier from Germany.
Michael O’Neill’s side started their campaign with two wins from Estonia and Belarus, but know the bigger challenges are to emerge against Holland and Germany.
Thursday’s friendly at Windsor Park, live on Sky Sports Premier League, can easily be overlooked but Dallas considers momentum is crucial.
“It’s a game we would like to win,” Dallas said. “We have won four on the rebound now and we wish to keep that winning feeling as it brings assurance.
“Additionally, it keeps that momentum going so we want to win Luxembourg.”
Dallas has grown used to the pressure of expectation at Leeds as they continue to pursue advertising to the Premier League, but he said there is a similar feeling round Northern Ireland nowadays following their recent victories in reaching Euro 2016 and nearly qualifying for the final World Cup.
“I think that has changed in the last several years and currently there are games we are expected to win and I believe that’s because we have had success,” Dallas said.
“That is always good and it’s a fantastic pressure to get.”
Star power will be brought by germany with them but Dallas said Northern Ireland would not be overawed by a team which has witnessed its world slide to 15th – a recession given that they were number one.
“We definitely don’t worry them, we admire them” Dallas said. “We are under no illusions about just how hard it is going to be, it will be tough.
“I believe we have to believe we’ll get something from the game, there’s no point in just having hope. I’m convinced a sold-out Windsor Park will bounce.
“For an Independent player, that could be intimidating and the fans will play their role.
“From the home games you definitely always have a opportunity.”
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