Northern Ireland maintained a 100% start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by beating Belarus 2-1 at Windsor Park.
It followed up Friday’s 2-0 win over Estonia and gives the Green and Whites a solid platform to build on during the campaign.
Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has been the mas tasked with leading the line during the opening two games.
His selection has perhaps come as a surprise given that he hasn’t played a great deal of football at Rangers this season.
He is clearly trusted by O’Neill on the international stage, however, and claimed an assist against Estonia.
The 31-year-old showed an element of ring-rust in his performances and that isn’t a surprise.
Lafferty has started just seven league games this season for Steven Gerrard.
He has fallen way down the pecking order at Ibrox behind Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.
O’Neill clearly still fancies him to do a job for Ireland though and chose to start him in both games.
His performance against the Belarussians yesterday was nothing short of shocking.
Belarus’ equalising goal came when Lafferty ducked out of the way of a header allowing the ball to finish in the net.
After such an abject display, supporters took to Twitter.
We rounded up the very best tweets regarding a poor showing from Lafferty yesterday.
Who was Prime Minister last time Kyle Lafferty won a header?
— Chris Turner (@christurnerni) March 24, 2019
Kyle Lafferty – still inexplicably playing international football. #Mystery
— Hugh Odling-Smee (@smeeho7) March 24, 2019
No harm to him but Kyle Lafferty is as useful as a chocolate fire guard.🤷♂️#timetogetrid
— Nicky Roberts🏆😎 (@NickyRoberts05) March 24, 2019
Kyle Lafferty not starting for club not scoring for country yet starts up top in a must win game. Wtf is MON at.
— Wayne_91 (@Wayne_oprey) March 24, 2019
Big Kyle Lafferty has to be more brave there could well have cost us 2 points
— Michael Carson (@michaelcarson90) March 24, 2019
Kyle lafferty is pure brutal 😳
— Ben Davidson (@bendavidson25) March 24, 2019
How Kyle lafferty starts is beyond me
— Ryan Hughes (@hughesy_1996) March 24, 2019
— Mark Cafferkey 🇮🇪🇵🇸⭕️ (@mark_cafferkey) March 24, 2019
Kyle lafferty is a donkey like #gawa
— el berto (@rabfrxw) March 24, 2019
Kyle Lafferty is still a footballer, (I use that term very, very loosely)…who knew?🤔
— Celtic Clan (@celticissimo) March 24, 2019
How does Kyle lafferty start for NI n front of regular starters for their clubs?
— Gerard Stewart (@Gerard_stewart) March 21, 2019
I'll stand to be corrected at some point in the next hour….but Kyle Lafferty is still an awful football player
— johnny doak (@jdoak293) March 21, 2019