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Still 'game on' in play-offs for Michael O'Neill's men

Michael O’Neill applauded the fans after what stands to be his final game in charge at Windsor Park (Liam McBurney/PA)
Michael O’Neill applauded the fans after what stands to be his final game in charge at Windsor Park (Liam McBurney/PA)

Editor's Viewpoint

Our back page photograph in today's paper of Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill and his talismanic captain Steve Davis with their arms wrapped around each other as they left Windsor Park on Saturday night speaks volumes for the team.

That there was general disappointment at only drawing with the Netherlands - 22 places above Northern Ireland in the Fifa world rankings - shows how very far we have come since the charismatic Ballymena man took over as manager.

By drawing with Northern Ireland, the Dutch team secured automatic qualification for next year's Euro finals, together with formidable Germany from Group C.

Sadly, Northern Ireland still have it all to do in the play-offs, but given the commitment of the dedicated squad under O'Neill and the 12th man, namely the Green and White Army of supporters, these are indications enough that it is still very much "game on".

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