Our best is still to come, says midfielder Stuart Dallas

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas battles with Latvia's Ojegs Laizans.
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas battles with Latvia's Ojegs Laizans.

Midfielder Stuart Dallas insists the best is yet to come from this Northern Ireland team.

The Leeds United man again played an instrumental role in Friday night’s friendly win against Latvia at Windsor Park.

Steven Davis grabbed the only goal of the game, which keeps Michael O’Neill’s team ticking over nicely in the build-up to the 2016 Euro final in France.

Incredibly it was Northern Ireland first win in a friendly fixture since 2008.

“We are now eight unbeaten and helps build momentum,”beamed Dallas.

“Perhaps, it wasn’t pretty at times, but we were happy to get the result.

“Yes, we were looking to get more goals, but the aim was to win the game.

“Had we scored a few more it would have been a bonus.

“I think they (Latvia) had only one chance over the course of the game, the one they had late on could have gone into the top corner.

“Had it gone in, we would be coming away from the game scratching our head,” he added.

“Other than that, we dominated. I keep using the word momentum, but that is what it is all about, it keeps the confidence high.”

Dallas believes fixtures like this are vital in the countdown to France.

“It’s been a good week, with all the lads together,” he added. “It’s vital to the build up our Euro campaign, not only for the players, but for Michael and the management team.

“He was able to try out a new formation. We played a majority of the qualifiers with a four-five-one system. It was good to change things up and have something different.

“It’s was different for me playing wing-back. But I had Jonny (Evans) in behind me. He has played at the highest level and he was keeping me right.

“There was a lot more running involved, but I’m just happy to play where the manager wants me.”