BBC Sport - Wales v Northern Ireland: Michael O'Neill pleased with Cardiff exercise

O'Neill pleased with Cardiff exercise

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill his side "got everything we needed to get" from Thursday's 1-1 friendly draw against Wales in Cardiff.

Craig Cathcart put Northern Ireland ahead early in the second half but a trip from Gareth McAuley on Simon Church enabled the same Wales player to level from a late penalty.

"It would have been nice to have won, having got ourselves ahead but overall, we got game time for 17 players and a chance to look at one or two things as well," said the Northern Ireland manager.

Queens Park Rangers Conor Washington was substituted at half-time after being handed a first Northern Ireland cap but the manager says he will have further chances to press his claims for Euro 2016 selection.

"Conor Washington was slightly disappointed but he trained well and will be given as much of a chance as everyone else to stake his claim," O'Neill said.

"Josh Magennis and Liam Boyce were carrying slight knocks but they will come into contention to play a part against Slovenia on Monday and we will give as many players as possible some game time."