Northern Ireland not good enough, says Davis

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action

The Northern Ireland captain says his side need to learn from their defeat to Poland if they are to progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2016.

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in actionNorthern Ireland's Steven Davis in action

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has admitted to BBC Sport that his side "were not good enough" during their Euro 2016 Group C defeat by Poland on Sunday.

A disappointing shift for the Green and Whites was decided by Arkadiusz Milik's second-half strike, with a defensively-minded Northern Ireland barely troubling Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny during a difficult 1-0 loss.

The defeat in Nice brought an end to Northern Ireland's unbeaten run of 12 games, and Davis has demanded his teammates show more, in order to ensure their first appearance at a major finals since 1986 does not end early.

He told the BBC after the game: "We need to be better on the ball and braver - it's a learning curve and we'll learn from it.

"We always knew it was going to be difficult but we were not good enough."

The result means Northern Ireland are likely to need a positive result against Ukraine in their next game if they are to progress from the group, which also contains world champions Germany.

Northern Ireland players look dejectedNorthern Ireland players look dejected after their 1-0 defeat to Poland

Boss Michael O'Neill admits his side were overpowered during Sunday's defeat, but insists his side are still capable of making an impression on the tournament.

He told the BBC: "We changed strategy after the goal but we have to acknowledge Poland were the better team. They never gave us a chance to settle into the game.

"We can play better and can redeem ourselves against Ukraine."

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