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O'NEILL: ANOTHER BAD NIGHT.

N. Ireland 0 Israel 2 NORTHERN Ireland boss Michael O'Neill spoke of his frustration and disappointment after seeing his side again fail to make the most of their dominance as they slumped to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Israel in Belfast.

The hosts looked in control for much of the game but were undone by late goals from Lior Refaelov and Eden Ben Basat at Windsor Park.

That left Northern Ireland fourth in Group F on three points, nine behind leaders Russia and eight adrift of Israel and Portugal in joint second.

O'Neill, who has not won any of his nine matches at the helm, said: "It's hugely disappointing, hugely frustrating.

"I felt we controlled large portions of the game again, certainly in the first half I thought some of our play was excellent, we created some good chances which we didn't take and we were punished twice on the counter-attack towards the end.

"Again we make life difficult for ourselves to be honest.

"It's just a case of when we've been in a strong position in games, when we've dominated possession, we've never capitalised on that.

"We've missed chances at important parts of the game and ultimately we've been punished when we've given the other team a bit of initiative."

On what positives he might be able to take from the game, O'Neill said: "You take heart to a certain point but I'm not silly enough to know results have to improve, simple as that.

"We have to start winning games, we have to get a winning mentality into this group of players.

"I think at the moment we're vulnerable, I've seen that in games where we've been in a strong position in a number of games and not capitalised on that and tonight was another example of that."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Mar 27, 2013
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