Stuart Dallas considers winning Thursday’s friendly against Luxembourg is vital to Northern Ireland’s hopes of getting an outcome in the dip of Monday European Qualifier from Germany.
Michael O’Neill’s side began their qualifying campaign with two wins against Estonia and Belarus, but know the larger challenges would be to emerge against Holland and Germany.
Thursday’s friendly at Windsor Park, live on Sky Sports Premier League, can be overlooked but Dallas believes momentum is essential.
“It’s a game we want to win,” Dallas said. “We’ve won four on the bounce now and we wish to keep that winning feeling since it brings assurance.
“It also keeps that momentum going so we want to win against Luxembourg.”
Dallas has grown used to the strain of expectation at Leeds as they continue to pursue marketing into the Premier League, but he stated there is a similar feeling around Northern Ireland nowadays after their recent successes in reaching 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 acquire and I think that is because we’ve had success,” Dallas said.
“That’s always nice and it is a fantastic pressure to get.”
Star power will be brought by germany to Windsor Park with them but Dallas said Northern Ireland would not be overawed by a team which has seen its world standing slip to 15th – a slump.
“We definitely do not fear them, we admire them,” Dallas said. “We’re under no illusions about how difficult it is going to be, it is going to be tough.
“I think we must believe we will get something out of the match, there’s no point in just having expect. I am convinced a Windsor Park will bounce.
“As an opposing player, that can be intimidating as well as the lovers will play their part.
“From the home games you always have a chance.”
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