Belfast Telegraph

Now let’s do it again: Hughes

By Stuart McKinley

Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes is demanding a repeat performance from the team when they travel to San Marino next year.

The 4-0 home win last night at Windsor Park was not entirely unexpected despite Northern Ireland only taking one point from nine in the opening three games of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

At Windsor Park, Northern Ireland fear no-one, especially not minnows like San Marino.

But away from home, worries remain, though come next February when Nigel Worthington’s men travel to San Marino, there really should be no problems.

And according to Fulham star Hughes, there is no reason why it can’t be a case of same again.

“It was pretty much the complete game for us,” said Hughes.

“If we can do the same in the next game as we did last night, another three points would keep us up there, then we'll have two home games in a row after that and we know what we can do at home.”

Hughes was pleased to see so many different scorers against San Marino with David Healy, Grant McCann, Kyle Lafferty and Steve Davis on target.

“Having four different scorers in a 4-0 win; it is probably a while since that has happened,” said Hughes, who backed Healy to get back on track the day before the game.

“It was good that David got his goal.

“But I said in the build-up to the match that it was very important we share them around and we shared them around well.”

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