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“We should instead try to establish ourselves in the top 50. That’s not easy. I believe you need a continuity there together with your younger players. We’ve blooded  some youngsters over the past a couple of years and hopefully that’s planning to continue.”

Some of those helping the younger players bed-was match-winner Lafferty, who said “when we dig deep, we’ll get points” following the victory in Budapest. O’Neill  is aware that his side need to read lessons from other Brazil 2014 qualifying campaign, where they followed up that victory over Russia with defeats against  Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.

“We beat the Russians, we drew away at Portugal and then we probably should’ve beaten Portugal in the home,” O’Neill said. “Where we let ourselves down was against  Azerbaijan and Luxembourg, people would’ve expected us to complete better. There’s a learning curve there due to this squad. I do think what we should are related is keep your momentum  from the campaign.

“With all the Faroe Islands visiting Belfast, we’ll expect a difficult game. Equally, which gives us an opportunity to hopefully put six points about the board so we’ve  two tough away games.”

Those two difficult trips are available in the sort of Romania and Brazil 2014 Round of 16 side Greece, using the latter seeing from the former from the European play-offs with the  global finals. O’Neill saw plenty of the Greeks during Brazil 2014 as part of his role being a pundit for Irish television.

“The World Cup I do think typified Greek football somewhat,” the Northern Ireland boss explained. “They’re fine organised. I believed their performance,  particularly against C?te d’Ivoire, was excellent.

“Obviously [Claudio] Ranieri is going to have a different approach from the previous coach, they usually are more offensive-minded. Certainly what this number of players  has will be the capability to get results, they kept a lot of clean sheets coupled with quite a few 1-0 victories in World Cup qualifying, that shows you which kind of team they  are.”

— Friday, September 26, 2014