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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill hails Kyle Lafferty impact

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill praises striker Kyle Lafferty for his recent form following Tuesday's important victory over Greece.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has praised the impact of Kyle Lafferty following Tuesday's win over Greece.

The striker netted his third goal in three games for Ireland last night as they boosted their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes with a 2-0 victory in Athens.

Despite Lafferty's inconsistent career at international level, O'Neill believes that the 27-year-old is currently in a rich vein of form.

"He has all the attributes you need in a good centre-forward," he told BBC Sport. "Kyle has been fantastic in the three games. He's facing international defenders who just can't handle him. He has ability, technique, pace and size."

Tuesday's win saw Northern Ireland claim a third consecutive victory in a qualifying campaign for the first time in their history.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill after the Euro 2016 Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands at Windsor Park on October 11, 2014
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