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Feeney eager to right the wrongs

Northern Ireland's players have been stung by reaction to their defeat against Serbia on Friday and striker Warren Feeney wants his team to respond with a big performance in their next Euro 2012 qualifier in Estonia.

Steven Davis' miscued backpass handed Serbia a 1-0 win at Windsor Park, a result which dealt Northern Ireland's hopes of taking second spot in Group C a heavy blow. Fans were clearly disappointed with the setback, none more so than the man who flung his replica shirt towards the dugout in a show of frustration.

Their reaction has not been lost on Nigel Worthington's men, who have also been monitoring the press response to the match. Feeney said: "There's been a wee bit of negativity in the papers. I'm not one who worries about that, it's water off a duck's back to me, but I'm sure some of the boys will."

He added: "Everyone has an opinion and it's easy to criticise. I'm not one who takes it in but some of the young ones coming into the squad maybe do. It does get talked about, I'm not going to lie.

"But it's gone now. We'll pick ourselves up and try to put it right. The only way to put things right is to get the right result against Estonia."

Although Friday's loss left Northern Ireland fifth, they are not yet out of contention for a play-off place due to a tight group in which only leaders Italy have pulled away from the pack.

"We don't go out on to the pitch to not do well - what we want on our CVs is to get to championships," Feeney continued.

"We were disappointed with the result but it's gone now and we want to move on to the next game.

"We're still in it. We have to pick ourselves up for the next one and if we get the result everything will change for us."


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