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Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena

Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena

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Northern Ireland's Josh Carson and Will Grigg

Northern Ireland's Josh Carson and Will Grigg

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Northern Ireland's Josh Carson and Will Grigg

Northern Ireland's Josh Carson and Will Grigg

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Northern Ireland take the walk back to the centre circle

Northern Ireland take the walk back to the centre circle

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Northern Ireland's Sammy Clingan

Northern Ireland's Sammy Clingan

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Northern Ireland's Rory McArdle with Grant McCann

Northern Ireland's Rory McArdle with Grant McCann

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Northern Ireland fans from Ballinamallard United, Dessie Quinn, Adam Poots and Mark Gray

Northern Ireland fans from Ballinamallard United, Dessie Quinn, Adam Poots and Mark Gray

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Northern Ireland fans from Ballinamallard United

Northern Ireland fans from Ballinamallard United

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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st June 2012Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/Presseye.com  Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena.Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st June 2012Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena.Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll

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Northern Ireland's Lee Hodson with Holland's Ibrahim Afellay

Northern Ireland's Lee Hodson with Holland's Ibrahim Afellay

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Northern Ireland's Ryan McGivern clears the ball

Northern Ireland's Ryan McGivern clears the ball

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Northern Ireland fans  Robert Nethery and Neil Bradshaw

Northern Ireland fans Robert Nethery and Neil Bradshaw

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Northern Ireland fans Stephen Snoddy and Iain McKeen from Larne

Northern Ireland fans Stephen Snoddy and Iain McKeen from Larne

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Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena.Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena.Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

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Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena

Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena

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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st June 2012Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/Presseye.com  Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st June 2012Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena.

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James McPake in action for Northern Ireland.

James McPake in action for Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland fan Ian Wright

Northern Ireland fan Ian Wright

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Northern Ireland fans in Amsterdam ahead of their international friendly against the Netherlands on Saturday evening

Northern Ireland fans in Amsterdam ahead of their international friendly against the Netherlands on Saturday evening

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Northern Ireland fans Robert Nethery and Neil Bradshaw

Northern Ireland fans Robert Nethery and Neil Bradshaw

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Northern Ireland fans in Amsterdam ahead of their international friendly against the Netherlands on Saturday evening

Northern Ireland fans in Amsterdam ahead of their international friendly against the Netherlands on Saturday evening

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Northern Ireland fans, Keith and Peter Monroe with Geoff Bell

Northern Ireland fans, Keith and Peter Monroe with Geoff Bell

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Northern Ireland fans in Amsterdam ahead of their international friendly against the Netherlands on Saturday evening. Darren Ferguson and Sandra Wallace of Antrim NISC

Northern Ireland fans in Amsterdam ahead of their international friendly against the Netherlands on Saturday evening. Darren Ferguson and Sandra Wallace of Antrim NISC

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

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Netherlands v Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam Arena

Andy Little bemoaned a "criminal" first-half performance from Northern Ireland after they slumped to a 6-0 defeat in Holland.



Michael O'Neill's side were significantly under-strength, with no fewer than 10 senior men out, and were no match for a Dutch side playing their final Euro 2012 warm-up in front of a sold-out Amsterdam ArenA.

Robin van Persie and Ibrahim Afellay both scored twice, with Wesley Sneijder and Ron Vlaar also on target.

And while the result always seemed a formality, Rangers forward Little was disappointed with the way his side went about their business in the opening 45 minutes.

They were 4-0 down at the break having conceded from a corner, a free-kick and a penalty inside half an hour.

"It was absolutely criminal to concede three early goals from set pieces and that set the tone for the entire game," said Little.

"I know there was a lot of inexperience in the team but I felt we could have done better.

"We spoke about that and worked hard to make sure we didn't give them any advantage from free-kicks or corners. However, their first goal came from a corner, the second from a free-kick and the third was a penalty. It's hard to take really.

"Holland are a great team but we didn't really test them like we should have done."

O'Neill, taking charge of the side for the second time, called on his young side to learn from the experience after last night's game but Little struggled to take any heart from the humbling.

"There can be no real positives from a 6-0 defeat," said the Rangers man.

"We just have to go away and regroup and make sure we learn a big lesson from this defeat.

"It was good to play in a stadium like the that but I'm just really disappointed about the performance and result."

Belfast Telegraph