Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill targeting home win over Luxembourg
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has promised a more attacking performance from his side against Luxembourg.
Last Updated: 08/09/12 10:53pm
O'Neill's first competitive match in charge of the national side ended in defeat to World Cup qualifying Group F rivals Russia on Friday night.
Viktor Fayzulin's first-half opener was followed up by a Roman Shirokov penalty after the break to secure a 2-0 win for the hosts.
Northern Ireland's game plan at the Lokomotiv Stadium was based on disciplined defence and hard work with Kyle Lafferty asked to lead the line on his own.
But O'Neill admits he will be opting for a more expansive approach against Luxembourg at Windsor Park.
"Obviously the game against Luxembourg is a totally different game to Russia," he said.
"It's a different mentality, a different approach to the one we had against the Russians.
"Who comes to Moscow and dominates possession? There are better teams than us who will go there and not dominate.
"I've said to the players we need to have the same work-rate and we approach that game in a very positive frame of mind.
"Hopefully we'll have a lot more of the ball against Luxembourg and we can benefit from that."
Lafferty will be hoping to capitalise on that on Tuesday after a battling effort against the Russians and O'Neill appreciated the shift put in by the Sion striker.
"Tuesday will be a different game for Kyle, though I thought he was outstanding," said O'Neill.
"He was so many attributes for that position, so much to offer.
"His movement, his game intelligence, his ability to pull away.
"He was excellent but maybe we didn't find him with the right ball at times.
"He'll play with someone a lot closer to him in the next game and he'll play with wide players too. The onus is on to attack and be positive."
That man could be forward Dean Shiels who was overlooked for the Russia trip - but it wasn't the only tough decision for the Northern Ireland boss.
Lee Camp also missed out in Moscow with Roy Carroll preferred in goal and O'Neill was pleased with the experienced keeper who was making his first competitive start in six years.
"Roy was excellent for us," added O'Neill when asked about the 34-year-old Olympiakos goalkeeper.
"People can forget Roy has a lot of experience of big games and other than Jonny Evans he will be our only player in the Champions League.
"There's great competition in there with Lee and Alan Mannus but he has an opportunity now to establish himself as number one.
"In many ways for Roy it's a bit of a second coming. I think he realises that and he did everything he could to show he can take that opportunity."
Derby's Jamie Ward was also handed a surprise start, his first at international level, deputising for the injured Shane Ferguson on the left side of midfield.
And again, O'Neill was positive with the reaction he got from the player.
"Jamie is only really getting his international career started, he didn't let me down at all," the manager said.
"He probably wasn't playing in his most natural position but he's shown for his club he can play in wide areas.
"I thought he did very well, worked hard, kept his discipline. We're delighted with him."