Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Bring on the Danes: Nigel

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."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk