EURO 2016: Chris Baird ready to ‘seize the moment’ against Romania at Windsor Park

Chris Baird
Chris Baird

Chris Baird has urged Northern Ireland to ‘seize the moment’ as they look to book their place at a first-ever European Championship.

Michael O’Neill’s side sit second in qualifying Group F after a stellar run of four wins from five opening games.

Their only set-back came last November with a 2-0 defeat to Romania in Bucharest.

Saturday night sees Northern Ireland renew rivalries with the group leaders at Windsor Park.

And versatile defender Baird believes victory will have Northern Ireland on the brink of qualification.

“We have the chance to qualify for a first major finals in 30 years, and we have never qualified for a European Championships before. So to qualify would be massive for us, and for the country,” said Baird.

“We can see the finishing line in front of us and we want to get there sooner rather than later.

“The right result on Saturday puts us in a phenomenal position with the next two fixtures away to the Faroe Islands and home to Hungary.

“It’s working out for us. We’re concentrating solely on this one because if we get that right result we’re in an unbelievable place.

“We know we can get victory in the Faroes, so if we had two wins from our next two games that’s us pretty much qualified.”