O'Neill planning trip to France

14 June 2015 06:15:16 EST

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill believes the point gained from the goalless draw with Romania could prove vital in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016.

With four games left to play, O'Neill's men are in a great position to reach their first European Championships after holding table-toppers Romania at Windsor Park.

The top two in Group F automatically go through to next summer's tournament in France and Northern Ireland are two points clear of Hungary in second after a strong showing on home soil.

The Irish had chances to win Saturday's encounter with the Romanians and O'Neill was happy with the level of their performance as they kept their fate in their own hands.

Northern Ireland face the Faroe Islands and Hungary in their next two matches in September in what could be decisive back-to-back qualifiers for the nation.

O'Neill admits those two games are likely to be make-or-break for his men and is eager for them not to waste the chance of a lifetime to qualify for a major tournament having put themselves in such a strong position.

"That will be an interesting double header but I think we are well equipped for it," said O'Neill.

"Hungary have to go to Romania first in Budapest and that is going to be a huge game.

"You always want to just keep some distance between you and the team beneath you, which is Hungary.

"Our focus has to be on winning the match away to the Faroe Islands and that is no easy task because we saw Greece went there tonight and were beaten.

"It is going to be a tough game on an artificial surface but hopefully we will get a positive result and come here with a massive carrot to play for against Hungary."

Northern Ireland are 1/3 to win Group F, while Romania are 9/4 and Hungary 1212/1.

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