Aaron Hughes last night backed David Healy to keep scoring goals until the day he quits football.
And the Northern Ireland captain claims that the country’s record goalscorer will never suffer from a crisis of confidence.
A year ago Healy was on a high and on his way towards a record-breaking 13-goal haul in Euro 2008 qualifying.
Now, with three games of the 2010 World Cup campaign gone, the Killyleagh-man is still searching for his first goal.
“I don’t think David Healy suffers from a confidence problem or any dip in confidence,” said Hughes. “I mean that in terms of on the football pitch he knows his ability and he knows what he can do.
“What he did in the last campaign was something special. He’s the only one in Europe to have done that, he holds the record so he’s the only person who can say that. I don’t think it’s an issue of confidence, he knows his ability and knows what he can do.”
Anything other than a win against a country that has never won a competitive game would be a major embarrassment for Nigel Worthington’s team and Hughes is calling on the entire team to weigh in with the goals to help Healy and his strike partner Kyle Lafferty.
“I think there is responsibility on all of us to chip in with goals,” said Hughes. “We also know that we can help out, whether that be from midfield or from defenders getting up for set-pieces and also we need to keep creating chances for them otherwise the lads can get pretty frustrated up-front.”