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Greece v Northern Ireland: Athens is not going to worry us, says Steven Davis


Skipper’s plan: Steven Davis is looking for another big effort

Skipper’s plan: Steven Davis is looking for another big effort

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Skipper’s plan: Steven Davis is looking for another big effort

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis is planning to increase the pressure on winless Greece in Athens tomorrow night.

And the experienced midfielder won't be intimated by what is expected to be a hostile atmosphere in the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, because he has seen it all before.

The home fans will be demanding a victory after Greece followed up their 1-0 defeat at home to Romania in the opening game of the campaign with a 1-1 draw in Finland on Saturday night.

With Northern Ireland top of Group F after winning 2-1 in Hungary, before Saturday night's 2-0 success against the Faroe Islands, Davis is determined that the team will keep their run going, especially as Michael O'Neill's men are the first Northern Ireland team to take maximum points from their opening two clashes in a qualifying game since way back in 1968.

"Winning breeds confidence and we can go to Greece now - who had another disappointing result from their point of view - and there will be a bit of pressure on them," said Davis.

"We can go out there and anything we pick up will be a bonus.

"We'll put pressure on ourselves to do well. I'm sure nobody really expects us to get anything from the game, but we are confident in our own ability and we want to get as many points as possible.

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"We're in a good position at this point and we want that to continue.

"It's a big thing, but we aren't going to get carried away because the game against the Faroes was one we had to win regardless of what happened in Hungary," said Davis.

"You would always look at things at the start of a campaign and say that you have to beat the Faroe Islands so we're delighted to do that."

And Davis is prepared for whatever the home fans have in store for the visitiors.

"I've played in Greece before with Rangers so I know what to expect," he said.

"I think players enjoy playing in these sort of stadiums when the fans are up for it and create a good atmosphere."