Euro 2016 qualifiers: Kyle Lafferty hoping Northern Ireland can handle nerves in Torshavn

Kyle Lafferty (right) and Northern Ireland go through their paces
Kyle Lafferty (right) and Northern Ireland go through their paces

Kyle Lafferty admits there will be “a few nerves” when Northern Ireland step out against the Faroe Islands on Friday night.

Expectation weighs heavily on the shoulders of Michael O’Neill’s side as they home in on qualification for next summer’s Euro finals.

Victory in Torshavn would go a long way to sealing that fate.

Defeat, however, and Northern Ireland’s hopes will suddenly be laced with uncertainty.

“I’m sure everyone will have a few nerves. It is a game the fans expect us to go and win,” Lafferty said.

“If we don’t get a positive result it would be difficult going into Monday’s game against Hungary – but every single player knows exactly what we have to do.

“As a team, Northern Ireland have never really had a problem when they are the underdogs.

“But we have put that to the side in this campaign by picking up wins. We are expected to win now.”

Northern Ireland defeated the Faroes 2-0 at Windsor Park in October last year.

Lars Olsen’s side have improved in the past 12 months, notably claiming home and away victories against Greece in the Euro qualifying campaign.

They currently sit fourth in the table, and Lafferty expects a stern test on Friday night.

“They have picked up a couple of good wins in this campaign and I’m sure they will think they can get a result against us,” the Norwich striker added.

“They beat Greece twice, but as we saw Greece aren’t the side people expected from a top seed. We won’t read too much into those games, but we know the threat the Faroes have.”