Michael O’Neill has admitted throwing away a lead against Luxembourg at Windsor Park was the most crippling disappointment of the campaign.
After having ran the show back in September 2012 right up until the 86th minute, when Daniel da Mota’s deflected goal levelled for the minnows, Northern Ireland were on course for their first win of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Now, O’Neill is refusing to allow his men to suffer similar embarrassment.
The 44-year old said: “I think it was [the campaign’s biggest disappointment], I have looked back at that game at a number of occasion, and I am still scratching my head as to how we didn’t win.
“It wasn’t a great performance, there were lots of offsides, for instance. Some of decisions were bad and that disrupted the whole rhythm of the game for us.
“So when you lose or as we did, draw, a game in that situation where it is a deflected goal which wins it, it is a bit hard to take.
“We just have to move on and learn from that. When I look at the potential in the team and how it has developed over time there has been, without it being the ultimate intention, a transition in the squad and focus in the team. They recognise the need to make amends for Luxembourg and get three points on Tuesday night.”