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Euro 2012: Northern Ireland draw pleases Steven Davis and Chris Brunt

Published 08/10/2010

Chris Baird battles Italy's Stefano Mauri
Chris Baird battles Italy's Stefano Mauri
Kyle Lafferty celebrates on the final whistle
Steven Davis battles Italy's Antonio Cassano
Niall McGinn battles Italy's Domenico Criscito
Niall McGinn battles Italy's Domenico Criscito
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley battles Italy's Giorgio Chiellini
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis battles Italy's Andrea Pirlo
Fans at WIndsor Park
Phillip Hughes and Steven Bryce from Milltown Dungannon
Kaleb Wilson
Taylors from Belfast: Stephen, Patton, Duncan and Iain
Mathew and David Herron with Jeff and Lauren Hagin
Northern Ireland fans Roger Irvine, Peter Swann, Ricky Neely and Ricky Parker
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley jumps with Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano
Norther Ireland's David Healy battles Italy's Daniele De Rossi
Northern Ireland v Italy
Northern Ireland fans
Northern Ireland fans
Norther Ireland fans Billy McAneney and his grand daughter Sarah Shields from Bangor
Steven Taylor and Nathan Wilkinson from Portadown
Northern Ireland v Italy
Mason King from Belfast
Tasha Blair from Limavady
Reeny Crawford from New Zealand and Dorothy Gibson from Lisburn
Matthew from Belfast
Stephen McCormick from Newtownards pictured before the match
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates on the final whistle
Northern Ireland's Stephen Craigan (centre) and Steven Davis with Italy's Antonio Cassano
Northern Ireland fans
Italy's Stefano Mauri Ê.
Stephen Craigan with Italy's Daniele De Rossi just before Northern Ireland claimed the ball hit the Italian for a handball
Drew Burgess (left) with his wife Julie (right) and Stuart Killen from Newtownards
Kilkeel Northern Ireland supporters club
Portavogie Northern Ireland supporters club
Zak Stewart from the Portavogie Northern Ireland supporters club
Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes had his family cheering him on during Friday nights Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy at Windsor Park. Daughters Keira (6), Leila (4) pictured with mum Sam walked out with dad before the big game
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates on the final whistle with Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates on the final whistle with Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano
Kyle Lafferty celebrates on the final whistle
Grant McCann battles Italy's Mattia Cassani
Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty celebrate on the final whistle
Nigel Worthington celebrates on the final whistle
Steven Davis of Northern Ireland gets past Andrea Pirlo of Italy
Stephen Craigan of Northern Ireland salutes the crowd
Niall McGinn of Northern Ireland is challenged by Claudio Marchisio of Italy
Claudio Marchisio of Italy controls the ball during the EURO 2012 Qualifier Group C match
Stefano Mauri of Italy and Chris Brunt of Northern Ireland compete during the Euro 2012 group C qualifying match
Andrea Pirlo of Italy is challenged
Warren Feeney of Northern Ireland challenges Giorgio Chiellini of Italy
Florian Solinas Newark who will be 9 tomorrow from Italy but who lives in Belfast receives his complimentary tickets to tonight's International football match at Windsor park from Podium for Sport Director Paul
Stephen Craigan of Northern Ireland sees his cross stopped by the arm of Daniele De Rossi of Italy
Warren Feeney and Stefano Mauri (right)

Steven Davis and Chris Brunt claimed Northern Ireland were good value for their goalless draw at home to Italy at Windsor Park tonight which kept them well in contention to qualify for Euro 2012.

David Healy headed wide from the hosts' best chance but 2006 world champions Italy had opportunities of their own.

However a point in Belfast means Nigel Worthington's men now have four points from their opening two games following an impressive 1-0 win in Slovenia.

West Brom midfielder Brunt told Sky Sports: "We expected nothing less than a tough game and they played their game, but we defended well, had a couple of chances and could have nicked it.

"It was an even game, so a draw is a fair result."

Rangers star Davis added: "It's a good result, especially after the win against Slovenia. The boys showed a good level of performance."

Manager Worthington hailed a great team effort and said: "It was a very hard game. We knew Italy would have their fair share of possession, but we've not played as well as we can.

"The courage, the shape of the team was great, people have been disciplined in their roles and the effort was fantastic.

"Without singling anyone out, the team stuck to their task - they were tough, resilient and came out with a lot of credit."

Estonia's 3-1 win in Serbia keeps the group wide open as Northern Ireland prepare for an away match against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

Worthington added: "I think we need to keep our head down, keep focused and keep chipping away, because if we could be on seven points on Tuesday evening that would be fantastic."

Speaking about Tuesday's match, Brunt added: "It's a no-win situation - if we lose you're a mug, we have got to do a professional job and come away with a result."

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