Northern Ireland winger Stuart Dallas was named man of the match after a 1-0 defeat to Norway.

Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland in action against Jonas Svensson of Norway during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Norway and Northern Ireland at Ullevaal Stadion on October 8,…

Northern Ireland are into the play-offs of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers – despite losing 1-0 to Norway in Oslo on Sunday night.

Michael O’Neill’s men were beaten 3-1 by Germany on Thursday night, meaning they needed points in Oslo to be sure of their play-off spot, but they lost 1-0 after Chris Brunt’s own goal.

Fortunately, Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Slovenia means Northern Ireland are now guaranteed a play-off place for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where they will be unseeded.

Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland and Julian Draxler of Germany

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O’Neill’s side still have a lot of work to do to make it to Russia next summer, and they will face a tough challenge in the play-offs, but Northern Ireland have great heart, togetherness and spirit, as they showed at Euro 2016.

It may not have been an ideal night for Northern Ireland, but one man who did come away from the defeat with some credit was Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas.

After the final whistle in Oslo, Vauxhall Northern Ireland took to Twitter to share that Dallas had been voted as the fans man of the match against Norway, with Northern Ireland supporters clearly impressed with his display.

Dallas is always a valued member of O’Neill’s Northern Ireland side, but has yet to replicate that role under Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen, starting just once in the Championship whilst having to settle for nine substitute appearances.

A hard-working winger who has two goals as a substitute this season, Dallas still has a role to play with Leeds – and he will be hoping to take his international form into the weekend clash with Reading this weekend.

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