Monday 21 January 2019

Dallas' North bid

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas has never tasted defeat as a Northern Ireland player at Windsor Park and he accepts the expectation will be that such a run will continue when Norway visit this weekend.

The Leeds winger was injured in November when Croatia became the first team since Portugal in 2013 to emerge victorious from Belfast in a friendly that came against a depleted Northern Ireland side.

Dallas' unbeaten record has therefore remained intact with six wins and two draws from his eight appearances at Windsor Park, where Lars Lagerback's Norwegians are the visitors for a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Such form, and the run to the Euro 2016 knockout stages this summer, has heightened belief around the country but Dallas claims the team are comfortable with dealing with it.

"The players talk among themselves about how confident we are, we can't really see ourselves getting beaten or putting in a bad performance," he said.

"We as players know how good we are and what we expect of ourselves, and obviously we're winning games and the success we had last summer and the fans' expectations have probably risen a bit.

"But the group we have, we know how good we are and we know what we want to achieve and last year gave us a taste of that."

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