Being favourites in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg has given Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis reason to be cautious.
The Southampton midfielder has said despite a string of good team performances, concentration and a high work rate will be essential if the team are to pick up only their second win under manager Michael O’Neill.
Davis said: “There are no easy games and I have found that out over the course of the caps that I’ve gained. As Michael said it is about energy and teamwork and we have to show the same desire in every single game.
“Obviously we’ve got a squad now with a lot of young players, who have gained valuable experience so far in a number of games and hopefully that can be a good measure of what we can do, but at the same time we have a bit of frustration there too.
“We have got good results away to Portugal and home to Russia and yet we struggle in the games we have been tagged as favourites.”
Suggestions that the campaign could be Aaron Hughes’ and Gareth McAuley’s final spells do not concern Davis.
“I don’t think I need to have that conversation, the lads enjoy coming away and it is important that we do finish this campaign well as that should give the lads optimism for the next campaign.”