Next Game

Romania v N Ireland

Friday, 14 November 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group F

Last Game

Greece 0 - 2 N Ireland

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group F

Stalemate frustrates O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill admits his side are "miles away" from where they want to be after a disappointing stalemate in Cyprus on Wednesday evening.

Last Updated: 06/03/14 at 10:31 Post Comment

Michael O'Neill: Lamented his side's display in the Cyprus draw

Michael O'Neill: Lamented his side's display in the Cyprus draw

More of the games that matter

Watch Manchester City v Manchester United live only on Sky Sports this Super Sunday. Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

O'Neill's side struggled to impose themselves against a team ranked 122nd in the world, but escaped with a draw despite playing the final 15 minutes with 10 men following Gareth McAuley's red card.

Northern Ireland have now neither scored nor won in 13 away friendlies.

"People have to realise we are trying to build an international team here and it will take time. We are miles away from being the finished article," he said.

"We weren't good in possession and they were better on the ball. They put us under pressure because we continually gave the ball away cheaply and that was the most disappointing thing on the night.

"In the second half we were better, we had one or two half-chances, but the lads know we are capable of a lot more than that.

"We had a number of players who were not quite at the pace of the game so a draw, given the level of performance, probably isn't the worst result we could have got."

O'Neill had no argument with McAuley's dismissal, adding: "It looked like the guy was possibly through so Gareth was given a decision to make and stretched to get there.

"I would want to see it again but I wouldn't say it was totally unjustified.

"In a friendly game could the referee have given a yellow? Possibly, because their player wasn't through the middle of the pitch, he was coming from the wide area.

"But we gave the ball away poorly and it was disappointing to see one of our defenders put in that position."

More of the games that matter

Watch Manchester City v Manchester United live only on Sky Sports this Super Sunday. Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

s that Subbuteo's Shaun Wright-Phillips? Crikey, I thought he'd retired. Although I guess 'Only' QPR is like a retirement home.

duckman
The Earl Grey Gossip

C

an we release him in January?

dhirt11
Gerrard: I would leave Anfield

E

xcellent! Not sure if he is any good as a manager (never thought about it) but the 'headbutt in the technical area' and what he said to Pelligrini were just brilliant, it was as if he was trying to recreate the end of the Alan Partridge Xmas special when Alan punched a man in a wheelchair and verbally abused Tony Heirs.

beachend
Football Managers On TV: Alan Pardew

Footer 365

Premier League: Wenger not ruling out Arsenal title bid

Arsene Wenger is not ruling the Gunners out of the title race despite being nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

Premier League: Diego Costa back for Chelsea v QPR

Jose Mourinho welcomes back Diego Costa to the Chelsea squad for Saturday’s London derby with QPR.

Manchester United in talks with AC Milan over January friendly

Manchester United are in talks with AC Milan about playing a friendly in the new year.

Mail Box

A Detailed Defence Of Alex Song And...

...lots more in a mailbox that takes in Manuel Pellegrini's woes, Steven Gerrard's future, Carlo Ancelotti, Alan Pardew and Alan Pardew's daughter. A fine read...

Is Ancelotti A Better Boss Than Mourinho?

That's one shout in the mailbox, although not as controversial as the mail imploring Jose Mourinho to sign Steven Gerrard in January so he can win the title he deserves...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property