Sep 10, 2013 at 7.15pm UK
Luxembourg
3-2
Northern Ireland
Joachim (45'), Bensi (78'), Jaenisch (88')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Paterson (14'), McAuley (82')
McAuley (90')

Michael O'Neill furious with Northern Ireland display

O'Neill slams
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Michael O'Neil claims that Northern Ireland's performance was "unacceptable" in the 3-2 defeat to Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has labelled his side's performance in the 3-2 defeat to Luxembourg as "unacceptable".

A late goal from Mathias Janisch condemned the Irish to defeat and O'Neill was quick to question the effort of some of his players shortly after the final whistle.

"The performance was unacceptable, the energy and work rate was not at the level required," O'Neill told reporters.

"It's okay lifting it for Portugal and Russia but we needed that tonight. When we're down gears we're average.

"In these games when we're expected to win, we need to bring the basic ingredients to win a football match."

Northern Ireland are fourth in Group F, six points behind Israel.

Martin Paterson of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group F Qualifier match between Northern Ireland and Russia at Windsor Park on August 14, 2013
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