O'Neill not worried over seeding

09 October 2017 03:16:43 EST

Boss Michael O'Neill claims he is not worried that Northern Ireland are unlikely to be seeded when the draw for the World Cup qualifying play-offs is made on 17th October.

O'Neill's men had already been guaranteed second place in Group C and a place in next month's play-offs before their final game against Norway in Oslo on Sunday evening.

Let's be honest, we are up against some great teams potentially in the play-offs and we will just have to deal with whatever draw comes.

Michael O'Neill

A Chris Brunt own goal in the second half condemned Northern Ireland to a 1-0 defeat on the night, but O'Neill was pleased that all of his players who were at risk of being suspended managed to avoid being booked and will be available in the play-offs.

And, despite the side likely to be unseeded and facing a draw against a stronger team when the draw is made in Zurich on Tuesday week, O'Neill is not concerned because he would expect a difficult test against any of the other seven sides in the draw.

"We can't be greedy," he told Sky Sports.

"Let's be honest, we are up against some great teams potentially in the play-offs and we will just have to deal with whatever draw comes.

"You might play a very good team if you were seeded as well.

"This team is punching above its weight massively, it has done for a considerable amount of time.

"The squad has been stretched massively in this campaign so deserves massive credit, we haven't rotated the team that much.

"We came through a very difficult group.

"When you're in a group with Germany you're almost two games down in terms of getting the points to be the best runners-up, so the players deserve a massive amount of credit for what they have achieved so far."

Meanwhile Wales and Republic of Ireland meet in a crucial final World Cup qualifier in Cardiff on Monday night. The Welsh are 23/20 to win, while the Irish are priced at 14/5 and the draw is 12/5.

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