Michael O'Neill tells Northern Ireland to expect Czech Republic pressure
Last Updated: 03/09/17 4:42pm
Michael O'Neill expects the Czech Republic to put Northern Ireland under severe pressure in Belfast on Monday, because it is a must-win game for the visitors.
Unless the Czechs win this World Cup Qualifier at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland will have secured at least second spot in the Group C table.
Friday's results have left O'Neill's team in a strong position in the group, which is currently headed by reigning World Cup winners Germany.
And looking ahead to the tie against the Czechs, O'Neill said: "There will be times during the game when we'll be under pressure, I've no doubt about it.
It's their last throw of the dice, whereas we have three throws of the dice and that's a nice position to be in.
Michael O'Neill on N Ireland v Czech Rep
"The Czech Republic have to come and win the game, it's as simple as that.
"It's their last throw of the dice, whereas we have three throws of the dice and that's a nice position to be in.
"We have to make sure on and off the pitch the atmosphere is generated in the stadium. Hopefully we'll have a special night."
O'Neill says it is important for his players to remain mentally strong during this vital match.
"The focus is on ourselves," he added. "We know we're going to have to play extremely well and produce a big performance.
"But it is one of those games where the psychological side will be huge. It's going to be a difficult game for them if they go behind, to continue to believe.
"We have to try and make that happen and try and take whatever hope they have away from them early in the game.
"Our objective is to try and win the game on Monday night. It would be nice knowing we are in a strong position going in to play Germany at home.
"It's great to play the world champions in Belfast when you have more or less guaranteed second spot. Obviously, with Norway away, they're not going to have an awful lot to play for."