Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill buoyed by Conor Washington debut against Wales

Conor Washington
Conor Washington

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill believes Conor Washington should glean plenty of positives from his debut on Thursday night.

Kent-born Conor Washington earned his first international cap alongside Kyle Lafferty in attack having scored 15 times in 31 appearances for Peterborough earlier in the campaign prior to joining Championship club QPR.

And while he was taken off at half-time after enduring a frustrating opening 45 minutes in international football, O’Neill is confident Washington’s mentality fits in with his current group.

“He’s got nothing to be disappointed about in terms of his performance,” O’Neill added.

“He worked hard, was up against a top-class centre-back in Ashley Williams and he will get more opportunities before the summer.

“He’s got pace and is powerful and he doesn’t given defenders a minute, which we need. Our strength is in our collective work-rate, that comes from our midfield three. Conor fits into that mould of a player. He has the attributes to fit in and be a Northern Ireland player because of his desire to play, his energy, his work-rate and he’s capable of scoring.”