Belfast Telegraph

Healy can rock Danes: Nigel

By Stuart McKinley

Nigel Worthington is adamant that David Healy will still be a threat to Denmark in next month's European Championship qualifier, despite his Premier League scoring run coming to an end.

Healy hit the ground running after his £1.5million move from Leeds United to Fulham in the summer, scoring in the opening game of the season against Arsenal.

That was swiftly followed by the opener against Bolton Wanderers on his home debut, but that goal on August 15 is the last he scored for the Londoners.

He did score twice in the qualifier at home to Liechtenstein a week later before netting from the penalty spot in Iceland.

However, if Northern Ireland are to secure the six points they need from games against Denmark and Spain to have any chance of making next summer's Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland then Worthington needs Healy to be in top form.

The manager is confident that his talisman's presence on the pitch will be enough to have opposition defences on their guard.

"I am not concerned about David's scoring rate at the minute because I think that's strikers," said Worthington.

"Strikers have little cycles when they go on goalscoring sprees and there are other times when they are a little lean.

"I know David very well and I know the quality that he possesses.

"One thing is for sure, when David is in the team the opposition is going to be very wary of him and if we can supply him with the ball as much as I want us to then he will score goals."

Healy has games against Reading and Liverpool in which to find his form before the two all-important international contests.

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