O'Neill warns job not finished

08 October 2017 03:38:21 EST

Northern Ireland head coach Michael O'Neill says his side will go all out to ensure a positive result in Norway on Sunday evening.

A draw in the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo will make sure of a World Cup play-off spot, with the Irish having already ensured second place in Group C behind world champions Germany.

We have to approach the game with the mindset of getting a result.

Michael O'Neill

However, O'Neill is taking nothing for granted and says he will select his strongest team, even though Jonny Evans, Steven Davis, Corry Evans, Oliver Norwood, Stuart Dallas and Josh Magennis are all one booking away from a suspension.

He told reporters: "I think when we beat the Czech Republic so many people misinterpreted that in the media and said that we had guaranteed a play-off place.

"We never thought that for one second. We obviously were delighted to guarantee ourselves second in the group, but you can see the way the groups are finishing - so many teams still have so much to play for.

"We're in a strong position, but equally we have to come here and make sure we take something to make sure we guarantee ourselves the opportunity of a play-off place.

"We have to approach the game with the mindset of getting a result, make sure we're difficult to beat and obviously try to win the game as well."

Jamie Ward and Conor Washington scored when the Irish defeated Norway 2-0 in Belfast in March.

Northern Ireland are 12/5 to win in Oslo on Sunday evening and are 14/1 to claim a 2-0 victory, with the visitors 2/1 to eventually qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

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