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Oliver Norwood hopes Northern Ireland's valiant display in Switzerland will persuade manager Michael O'Neill to remain at the helm.

Northern Ireland lost 1-0 on aggregate to the Swiss, who booked a spot in Russian Federation after battling to a 0-0 draw in Basel.

Northern Ireland had very few chances to score, with both of their decent ones coming at either end of the match.

"I think that we were the better team in the first leg and we want to show that again tomorrow and qualify for Russian Federation tomorrow night".

Switzerland defender Ricardo Rodriguez in action in the World Cup playoff first legWhat time is kick-off?

At the Brazil 2014 World Cup, Switzerland got to the round of 16 where they lost to Argentina. They also made the knockout stage of Euro 2016.

"We spoke about making Northern Ireland proud and I think we did that", said the midfielder, on loan at Fulham from Brighton. Our performance and reaction [in the second leg] was fabulous.

"Ultimately we've gone out to a poor decision in the first leg".

'I think we are a good team and maybe a better team when compared to Northern Ireland. We had to ride our luck at times but we were pushing until the 94th minute.

"The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay as we can achieve great things with this squad". "We'll have regrets about how we played in the first leg, but ultimately, if it wasn't for the penalty, we'd still be playing extra-time now. Those players will be remembered for the performance".

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