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Michael O'Neill slams Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman over Northern Ireland criticism

 

Poor form: Michael O’Neill slammed Netherlands counterpart Ronald Koeman over his comments on Northern Ireland’s style of play
Poor form: Michael O’Neill slammed Netherlands counterpart Ronald Koeman over his comments on Northern Ireland’s style of play

By Paul Ferguson

Defiant Michael O'Neill has accused rival Dutch boss Ronald Koeman of lacking class over his shock outburst against Northern Ireland's style of play.

Koeman branded O'Neill's men "outrageous" and "terrible to watch" following Northern Ireland's gutsy 3-1 Euro 2020 qualifing defeat in Rotterdam, where they were just minutes away from a glorious draw before the Dutch triumphed 3-1 with two injury time goals.

O'Neill hit back as he prepares his team for tonight's friendly in Prague against the Czech Republic, saying: "We didn't go there to entertain Ronald Koeman - that wasn't the purpose of what we did.

"I think that you have to give respect to opponents and how they play. If you're picking players from Juventus and Barcelona and Liverpool, yeah you can play in a certain way. But at the end of the day if we were so terrible why were we so difficult to beat? And clearly we were extremely difficult to beat.

"It's disappointing that a manager of that class and level feels the need to say that, but it's not something we need to dwell on."

Holland defeated Belarus 2-1 last night to lead the group on a head to head record from Germany, 3-0 winners over Estonia, leaving Northern Ireland three points behind in third place.

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