Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Worthy salutes legends

Nigel Worthington last night hailed his Northern Ireland heroes as "out of this world" after they came from behind to grab a sensational victory over Denmark at Windsor Park.

But boss Worthington would not be drawn on his future although he did hint that he could be tempted to stay on after his contract expires on Wednesday following the final game against Spain in Gran Canaria.



He said: "I haven't made any decision yet but this should not be about me this is about the players and what they have achieved.



"I have enjoyed the experience up to now.



"I am blown away by their resilience and commitment. Now we can go so Spain with our heads held high and still in with an outside chance of qualifying.



"It was a tricky night because conditions were dreadful but I just asked the players to stick with it at half-time and they were magnificent.



"I'm delighted for them and the fans. I thought the conditions suited us perfectly. Wind and rain at Windsor Park plus the way we are performing and with a crowd behind us makes it difficult for any team against us.



"We competed with one of the top teams in Europe and got a result."



Now Worthington faces a tough decision who to play alongside Healy against Spain with Burnley's Kyle Lafferty eligible after serving out a suspension last night as Warren Feeney replaced him and scored his third international goal.



"It's a nice situation to be in and its part of the job to be honest. That's what's leadership is all about.



"Whoever goes out there on Wednesday will do a job for Northern Ireland. I have no doubt about that."



Worthington described striker David Healy's winning goal as "special." He said: "He is such a wonderful individual. We shouldn't compare him to anyone else because he is a goalscorer in his own right."

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