While there haven’t been too many positives from the Northern Ireland set-up over the past couple of days, boss Nigel Worthington may at least be lifted by the news that regular football could finally be on the cards again for off-form David Healy.
Former Chelsea and Spurs star Gus Poyet is keen on taking the Sunderland striker to League One Brighton.
The south coast side are currently top of the table and Poyet wants Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer on loan until the end of the season to aid their promotion push.
Healy’s lack of sharpness, borne out by the fact he hasn’t been playing regularly for his club, has seen him criticised of late and he has now gone two years without a goal at international level.
The Killyleagh man was dropped for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with the Faroe Islands, a hugely embarrassing result which brought widespread condemnation from fans and pundits.
However Worthington is clinging on to the last bit of qualifying hope by insisting the minnows will take points off other teams in Group C.
“The Faroes are going to make it difficult when the other teams come to play them,” admitted Worthington.
“And of course, if they play like the way they did against us, then they can take points off other teams.”
Worthington’s striker Kyle Lafferty, a bright spark on another wise dark day in IFA history, believes Northern Ireland must learn how to be ruthless and turn possession into goals.
“Against teams like the Faroe Islands, you can’t perform like you do against Italy, Spain and England,” says Lafferty.
“We probably play well against those type of teams because they take the game to us. That’s what we should have been doing against the Faroes.
“We need to learn that aspect of the game and quickly.”
Lafferty was restored to Worthington’s starting line-up on Tuesday having been a substitute in the first two Euro qualifiers.
Worthington, at the time, questioned his desire to play for his country and Lafferty believes he is now showing his international boss that he is a changed man.