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Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland: Goal no consolation for Kyle Lafferty

By Paul Ferguson

Gutted Kyle Lafferty last night admitted Northern Ireland got exactly what they deserved for believing they had secured the three points before even taking to the pitch against the Faroes.

Northern Ireland players were left gobsmacked as they were forced to come from behind to earn a point against the supposed whipping boys of Group C.

Lafferty scored Northern Ireland’s equalising goal with 15 minutes left but he wasn’t able to take much pleasure from the strike.

Northern Ireland were hoping to return to Belfast this morning having recorded seven points from their opening three games but it’s reality check time.

And Lafferty says every Northern Ireland player must accept blame for such a dire result last night in Toftir against a side ranked 138th in the world.

“This result is so disappointing and not what we were looking for coming here after the great start we made to this campaign,” he admitted. “But that’s what happens when you play the game thinking you’ve already won the three points.

“We didn’t play the way we can.

We didn’t take our chances and as a result, we were punished.

“The Faroes made it tough for us but we are better than that.

“We have better players, however we just didn’t perform well enough as a team.

“We have just made qualifying for the finals ever so difficult and once again we’ll have to do it the hard way.

“But haven’t we done that during the last two campaigns.

Lafferty replaced the out of form David Healy in Worthington’s starting line-up and looked a major threat throughout against the part timers.

He now hopes to keep his place in the side for the upcoming friendly against Morroco and next year’s Carling Nations Cup.

Lafferty says: “I had loads of chances and on another day I would maybe have scored three or four goals.

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t score more but I’m not disappointed with my own performance personally.

“I thought I did well and was just unlucky at times.”

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