Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

No luck of the Northern Irish: Healy

Record goalscorer David Healy last night admitted all Northern Ireland are missing in these World Cup qualifiers is the Lady Luck they have enjoyed in previous campaigns.

Northern Ireland have registered only one point from their first three matches — despite being considered the better side in all those games.

On Saturday in Maribor, the men in green created enough chances to score but failed on each occasion and then were hit late on by two quickfire Slovenian goals.

“Kyle went through and the keeper made a good save. For whatever reason this season we don't seem to be getting that little bounce, ricochet or half a yard,” says Healy.

"We got it during the last campaign and probably the one before and it's something we hope to put right.

"We're just missing that little something. In another campaign I would have had a couple of goals under my belt and been on a run, but things just aren't going for us.

"I had one effort blocked by someone's back and two minutes later we were 1-0 down.”

While Healy is naturally devastated by the defeat, the 28-year-old Sunderland striker insists there is no way he or his team-mates have anytime to start to feeling sorry for themselves ahead of the game against San Marino on Wednesday night.

And he knows San Marino present the perfect opportunity to score his first goal in this campaign.

“It's not going to be hard to lift ourselves. A game at Windsor Park is easy to lift morale, especially when we are expected to go and beat San Marino.

"We'll be expected to roll San Marino over 6-0 or something, but that won't be the case. We know we face a tough game.

"They have improved and they'll see this as an opportunity to get a result. I'm looking forward to it.

“I would of course like to score but the main thing is that we win. If Kyle Lafferty or Warren Feeney get a goal I’ll be delighted for them.

“We’re disappointed at the moment but it’s vital we concentrate on securing three points.”

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