World Cup: Michael O'Neill seeking to lift Northern Ireland

Positive approach for O'Neill

Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland manager seeking a welcome victory

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is hoping to give the fans something to cheer when his side host Israel in Belfast on Tuesday evening.

The World Cup qualifier was given the green light after a FIFA pitch inspection at Windsor Park at 2pm on Monday, although the match referee will have another check at 10.30am in the morning.

Conditions have eased following the postponement of Friday's Group F game against Russia and O'Neill, whose side have not won for 12 matches, wants a positive result for the locals.

"This week we've had power cuts and everything else that was going on in the country, there were a lot more severe things going on other than the fact we couldn't get a football match on," said O'Neill.

"The weather got the better of us on this occasion. But I always think the players are fully aware and recognise the significance of a positive result.

"We see that with Ulster rugby, we see that with the golfers when they are successful and this is an opportunity for us for a good performance and a good result.

"If it brightens the nation then that's a nice side effect to have."

O'Neill is full of praise for his players and the way they have not let the postponement of the Russia game affect them.

"We are not in control of anything and the players know that but their patience and work has been first-class," he said.

"They were disappointed not to play at the weekend and they will do anything they want to win on Tuesday."