Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says players motivated for Republic game

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill hopes his team can turn some recent unlucky defeats into positive results in this week's games against the Republic of Ireland and Austria.

O'Neill's side face the Republic on Thursday in Dublin in a friendly which the Northern Ireland says "will have edge" prior to Sunday's Nations League contest against Austria.

Skipper Steven Davis says that the Northern Ireland team "are really looking forward to the game".