Bring on the Danes: Nigel
Published 18/10/2007 | 11:31
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."