McNair hoping for Dutch complacency
Northern Ireland midfielder Paddy McNair is hoping the Netherlands’ players are complacent ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2020 Group C qualifier in Rotterdam.
The 24-year-old former Manchester United man has played a key role in helping Michael O’Neill’s men pick up 12 points from their opening five fixtures in the group.
McNair scored the only goal of the game in a late win at Belarus in June as the side won their first four fixtures, before losing last month’s clash against the Germans at Windsor Park.
However, McNair claimed the 2-0 defeat didn’t reflect the story of the game and the Middlesbrough man felt Joachim Low’s side underestimated them to an extent.
And, while he knows that the Dutch are heavily fancied to win Thursday’s clash at De Kuip, McNair hopes that they can capitalise on any complacency from Ronald Koeman’s men.
Paddy McNair says there is belief in the @NorthernIreland squad that they can surprise Netherlands tomorrow night, live on Sky Sports Main Event.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 9, 2019
“Before kick-off we were all up for it and for the first 25 minutes I don’t think the Germans knew what hit them,” he said. “The scoreline made it look more comfortable then it was for them but maybe that’s a good thing if the Dutch think it was comfortable…
“The Dutch are such a famous nation. Some of their players might not know much about Northern Ireland and think it will be easier than it will be.”
Punters looking to use their free bet can back Northern Ireland to keep alive their hopes of qualifying from Group C by picking up a result against the Dutch.