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Goal king Healy backs Nigel Worthington

By Keith Bailie

Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy has came out and backed under-fire manager Nigel Worthington despite admitting that the two have quarrelled in the past.

Healy said: “We, the players, are responsible. The managers picks us to go out and play. After that it is up to us.

“Nigel Worthington and I have had differences of opinions over the years, but to be fair to him, he has always given me opportunities. He has given all the lads opportunities, he has particularly given young lads opportunities, and he deserves credit for that.”

The Rangers striker called for Northern Ireland fans not to put too much pressure on the players or the manager, and get behind the team for the rest of the campaign.

He said: “We are Northern Ireland, and you have to be realistic. Yes, we do beat big teams now and again, but it's hard to keep that up for 10 games in a campaign, particularly when you're missing players like Kyle Lafferty, Pat McCourt and Jonny Evans.

“I want fans to get behind the team, and get behind the manager. Let's not heap all the misery onto the players, and don't heap all the misery onto the the manager.”

Despite Northern Ireland's abject performance, Healy believes that Northern Ireland had enough play in the game to come away with a result.

“It's disappointing to lose any game, but to be fair, Estonia are a good team. They worked hard all over the pitch.

“The most disappointing thing is that we were still in with a chance in the second half, we had plenty of the game, but we let that slip away, and the manager has told us that.”

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