Euro 2022 play-off: Northern Ireland prepare for ’embarrassed’ Ukraine in return leg – Hutton
|Location: Sea view, Belfast Dated: Tuesday April 13 Start: 7:45 p.m. BST|
|Blanket: Live on BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport NI website and Red Button.|
Ashley Hutton believes Northern Ireland “have more to give” ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2022 play-off second leg against Ukraine at Seaview.
Northern Ireland will take a 2-1 advantage in the second leg in Belfast as Kenny Shiels’ side aim to make a first-ever major tournament.
However, defender Hutton warned that the favorites Ukraine would have been “embarrassed” by Friday’s loss.
“We’re still underdogs so we’ll have to put in a big performance,” she said.
“We know half the job is done. We came away with a great victory against Ukraine, which is a leading nation.”
Manager Shiels has been heard telling his players not to celebrate after the full-time whistle blows and Hutton believes he was right in trying to control his emotions after one of the biggest wins in history. North Ireland.
“Anything can happen in football and keeping us on level ground is the best thing for us,” added the 33-year-old.
“We didn’t play our best on Friday night, but that just means we have more to give as a team. We want to keep the ball better. It’s a big part of Kenny’s philosophy and we don’t didn’t do it Friday night.
“We will have to stand up for our lives to make sure we don’t concede. We gave a botched goal in Ukraine and we are disappointed, but we will seek to correct that.
“I think they are going to put up with a different form. I know they will be disappointed if not embarrassed with the outcome given that we are the underdogs but we know they are a strong team and we will have to. give 100% to earn. ”
Qualifying would be like Euro 2016
The match will take place behind closed doors at Seaview, but it will be available to watch it live on BBC Two NI, BBC iPlayer, the Red Button and the BBC Sport website.
Hutton believes the current historic squad may have a similar impact on the Northern Ireland game as Michael O’Neill’s men’s side after the Euros in 2016.
“It’s disappointing and I think we would have had a stadium packed to capacity, but we know everyone will be watching from home and everyone will support us,” she added. .
“Qualifying for a Euro I didn’t think I would ever think about. Growing up after Manchester United they were all male role models, but now we are the role models for the young people coming in so it’s exciting. .
“If we could reach the Euros and inspire young people, just like men in 2016, nothing will stop young people from going to England and getting professional contracts.
“It would be huge but we try not to think about it. We want to be as calm as possible, but if we were to hit the Euros it would be absolutely amazing.”