Referee will have to have treated penalty higher – O’Neill

Michael O’Neill says the Netherlands’ extended protests ended in Northern Eire skipper Steven Davis’ penalty leave out within the Euro 2020 qualifier.

Virgil van Dijk led the Dutch proceedings about referee Szymon Marciniak’s resolution and Davis blasted over his spot-kick after an extended prolong.

“There is no doubt it influenced him,” stated O’Neill after the 0-Zero draw which left Northern Eire’s Euro 2020 hopes resting on a play-off.

“It put doubt in his thoughts.”

Polish referee Marciniak awarded the penalty for a Joel Veltman handball and after he ultimately waved the Liverpool megastar and different Dutch gamers away. Netherlands keeper Jasper Cillessen indulged in additional gamesmanship by way of strolling from his goalline to the penalty spot to whinge concerning the positioning of the ball.

“There is not anything worse than status there taking a penalty and you might be determined to take it,” O’Neill instructed BBC Recreation Northern Eire.

“He [the referee] will have to have treated that scenario higher.

“Van Dijk used to be very vocal with the referee in disputing the penalty. Then when the referee ultimately will get spherical to environment it up, he shall we the goalkeeper stroll out of the field, off the road, to remonstrate for some reason why.

“There is no doubt that affected Steven. He isn’t neglected any consequences, I feel, in my time right here.”

After Northern Eire carved out a variety of just right probabilities in an excellent begin to the competition, O’Neill stated that Davis’ penalty leave out dented his workforce’s morale.

“It might were pretty cross cross in 1-Zero up at half-time and notice how we might have performed 1-Zero up. That might have given us a boost and a little bit of power. I feel it took a little bit of power clear of us, if I am truthful,” he added.

Liverpool megastar Virgil van Dijk led the extended Dutch protests after Northern Eire have been awarded their penalty

NI ‘can take encouragement into play-offs’

Victory would have stored alive Northern Eire’s hopes of computerized development to the Euro 2020 Finals from Team C going into Tuesday’s ultimate qualifier towards Germany in Frankfurt.

Alternatively, the Northern Eire boss says the workforce’s fresh performances towards the Team C heavyweights should inspire them for his or her play-off.

“We have now competed with two of the highest groups in Europe, with most sensible gamers who play within the most sensible golf equipment in Europe, and we haven’t been crushed simply in any of the video games,” stated O’Neill, who is ready to stay in fee for the play-off in spite of his fresh appointment as Stoke Town supervisor.

“We have been disenchanted to lose the sport right here towards Germany [2-0]. We have now drawn right here towards Holland. We led towards Holland in Rotterdam [before losing 3-1] so there are such a lot of issues for us to be sure about.

“Similarly we need to be sure that after we come to these play-offs, that the extent of efficiency is at that stage and we must be medical. That is the lesson that we’ve got realized from those 3 video games.

“We began the sport really well this night. We had possibly 3 in reality just right probabilities within the opening 10 mins.

“We mentioned being medical in those video games. We simply have not controlled to do this and by contrast stage of opposition.”

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