Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill seeks first win in Malta

Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland boss hoping to end winless run

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is hoping to celebrate a victory for the first time since taking charge when his side play Malta on Wednesday.

O'Neill is looking for his first win at the eighth attempt and is confident it will arrive in the friendly at Ta'qali National Stadium.

He said of the winless run: "It doesn't keep me awake at night, but the players want that as well. The players know we have to get back to winning games.

"They're disappointed and, whilst we've been happy with a lot of the performances we've had in the qualifying games, we've been disappointed with the results.

"This will not be an easy game, if you look at their results you can see that. They're a very well organised team, they've got an Italian coach so they'll be very well drilled I'd imagine.

"It's a good test for us. For the younger ones I think it's quite a nice environment to come in and play. If you haven't played that much international football, this is quite a good place to come in and dip your toe in the water."

Malta have not managed to win a point in their World Cup qualifying group yet but have had reasonably close games with the Czech Republic and Italy while they beat Liechtenstein in their most recent match.