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Bring on the Danes: Nigel

By Paul Ferguson

Published 18/10/2007

Jubilant Nigel Worthington believes last night's outstanding draw in Stockholm proves that Northern Ireland have a realistic chance of beating Denmark next month to set up what could be a European qualifying decider against Spain in Las Palmas.

Worthington watched his proud battlers produce a brave performance to earn a point against the Group F leaders after Kyle Lafferty's wonderful equalising goal.

Despite this precious point, Northern Ireland moved down a place to fourth after Denmark's victory against Latvia last night.

"We can get a win against Denmark at home. It won't be easy, but we will look for a repeat of this performance," stated Worthington.

"We have come to Sweden, the group leaders with a lot of quality players, and put in a great performance in their back garden.

"It is great credit to the players for doing that.

"I am very pleased with this result. When I am in charge of the team I want to play good football.

"I know the players can pass the ball, but I didn't know they would work as hard as they did against the Swedes. I am delighted with the overall scenario, and I look forward to Denmark."

Worthington added: "The players were outstanding. They got the result which was well-deserved and I am delighted for Kyle Lafferty.

"The attitude from start to finish was just right. This bunch of players are willing to learn and work hard and they go their rewards with a good result against the odds."

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