Midfielder Tarmo Kink has said he believes play-off opponents Republic of Ireland will be just as keen on qualifying for the EURO 2012 showpiece as Estonia when they meet in November.
Northern Ireland's slim hopes of a UEFA EURO 2012 play-off - and possibly Nigel Worthington's prospects of a new contract - were finally extinguished with a second defeat at the hands of lowly Estonia.
The third round of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers played on Friday saw four teams continue perfect campaigns. Some group leaders were to be expected, but some have shot out of the shadows.
Serbia suffered a surprising defeat at home, Estonia coming from a goal down to win 3-1 in Belgrade and inflict the worst possible start for Vladimir Petrovic.