O'Neill praises patient squad

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says his players are fully focused on their clash with Israel on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 25/03/13 at 18:08 Post Comment

Northern Ireland are yet to play during this international spell after their game with Russia was initially called off on Friday and postponed again on Saturday due to heavy snow in Belfast.

The match with Israel this Tuesday should go ahead, and O'Neill is full of praise for his players and they way they have not let the double postponement affect them.

"We are not in control of anything and the players know that but their patience and work has been first-class," O'Neill told Sky Sports.

"They were disappointed not to play at the weekend and they will do anything they want to win on Tuesday."

Because the Russia game was called off, it means that suspended duo Kyle Lafferty and Chris Baird will now miss the Israeli match instead.

"It does not have that much impact and they are now available for Russia so it is a bonus in that respect," said O'Neill.

"It is disappointing not to have them available but they will be ready for later in the campaign."

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