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If Healy was Brazilian people would be raving

By Marshall Gillespie

David Healy does not get the credit he deserves on a wider scale, according to Glynn Snodin, Northern Ireland's assistant manager.

Snodin, labelled Healy's winner against Denmark on Saturday night as world class.

The 33rd goal of 'Sir David's' remarkable international career is been acclaimed as one of his best so far and the former Leeds United defender is not about to disagree.

"It was without question a world class finish from David on Saturday night," said Snodin.

"Outside of Northern Ireland though I don't feel he really gets the credit he deserves.

"If that goal had been scored by a Brazilian or an Argentinean people in the game would be raving about it.

"It was also a bonus to see Warren (Feeney) get on the scoresheet as well as it takes some of the pressure off David if other players in the side are weighing in with goals too."

Snodin admitted that the game plan that had been worked out prior to Saturday's game was thrown into disarray due to the atrocious weather conditions the players had to contend with.

"Since taking over the job from Lawrie (Sanchez), Nigel has asked the team to play more of a passing game, but that went out the window against Denmark due to the amount of water on the pitch," said Snodin.

"It made the game into a bit of lottery, however. When we went a goal down it didn't surprise me that we equalised more or less straight away as this team has shown time and again that they have a lot of character and a real desire to win.

" For me it was true Northern Irish grit you saw out there against the Danes," added Snodin.

"Overall it was just another wonderful performance from the lads and they thoroughly deserve credit for the way they played."

After the game Denmark's Dennis Rommedahl was also fulsome in his praise of 'our wee country'.

"I know Dennis from my days at Charlton," said Snodin.

"And after the game he said it was amazing what we had done with the team and that they had come along way since they drew 0-0 in Denmark a year ago."

However, despite a fifth successive victory at Windsor Park, qualification for next summer's Finals remain slim following Spain's 3-0 win over Sweden at the weekend.

But Snodin insists that Northern Ireland are in Gran Canaria with the belief that they can still steal second place ahead of Sweden who must lose their final match at home to Latvia.

" All we can do is concentrate on our own performance and make sure we win in Spain.

"You never know, Sweden could have an off-day and Latvia might snatch a lucky goal to win it, who knows. Anything can happen in this game.

"Just to be in with a chance of qualification at this stage is a great achievement and Wednesday night could be a wonderful occasion if everything goes our way."

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