Northern Ireland want three points from their trip to Baku, says boss Michael O'Neill
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says he will pick a team who can win on Friday night in Baku.
Last Updated: 11/10/13 8:38am
O'Neill's team have no chance of reaching next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, meaning the Baku fixture could be seen as chance for the manager to experiment.
But, while he hinted that some changes will be made, he considers it more important that his team get into the habit of winning such fixtures.
O'Neill said: "We have to build a mentality to win games, and the only way to do that is by winning, so we can't afford to use these matches to experiment in that manner.
"It would be nice to give the less experienced players some game time, because they will benefit from that in the future, but the imperative is to pick a side we think can win the game, and that's what we will do.
"But there are a number of things to consider. Players aren't indispensable, performances keep you in the team.
"If you look at the team we played against Russia (in August), apart from the lads whose season hadn't started yet, the other seven or eight had basically played the first three or four games for their clubs.
"Since then, some of their game time has been limited and inconsistent. These are important games and you want your team as game ready as possible. That is always a factor."
Niall McGinn was regarded as a slight doubt when the team touched down but O'Neill says the Aberdeen forward has now been cleared for selection.
"It was just a precautionary thing with Niall really," he explained.
"He had a bit of bone bruising that was picked up in Luxembourg and he has only played limited time for his club since then but he is fine."