Belfast Telegraph

We are a formidable force says Josh Magennis

By Steven Beacom

Josh Magennis believes if Northern Ireland beat World Champions Germany on Tuesday they can start reaching for the moon at Euro 2016.

The Kilmarnock forward came off the bench in Stade de Lyon on Thursday and helped create the team's second goal for fellow substitute Niall McGinn in a 2-0 success over Ukraine in Group C.

And now after lapping up that victory, he wants another against the Germans in Paris.

"I've never felt an experience like it after the Ukraine game getting into our changing room with such a brotherhood of team-mates," said Magennis.

"We have to go into every game thinking we will win, and if we win in Paris, anything could happen.

"Book a first-class ticket to the moon. It's all about winning and to make sure we do it at this stage consistently against the elite is absolutely fantastic."

Magennis admitted that the team were driven on by some pundits writing off their chances and Ukraine star Ruslan Rotan saying Northern Ireland played in a physical style.

"We know now, and most importantly the other teams know now, we are a formidable force," said Magennis.

"They can't write us off as just being Northern Ireland or underestimate us or disrespect us. If they do, the type of performance we showed against Ukraine will damage most teams.

"As a person your ego never wants to take a hit, regardless of what you say. We are an effective team the way we play, we know we are not going to be any 80 per cent possession-based team. It's all about making the right decisions at the right times and we made the right decisions against Ukraine."

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