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Stephen Craigan

There's a crossroads coming for Northern Ireland in 2021 and quick results are required to avoid a total reset

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Ian Baraclough

Ian Baraclough

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Ian Baraclough

I have to say I have mixed emotions after the latest round of international games. I feel more optimistic than I did in September but feel slightly concerned at the team's inability to see games out in the latter stages.

The major disappointment of missing out on Euro 2020 is something that will linger for a while yet and will rear its head once the competition gets under way next June. The realisation will then kick in of what we frustratingly missed out on.

Against Austria in Vienna and Romania in Belfast there were positives, notably the debut of Ali McCann backed up by his man of the match performance against the Romanians. He's a young man with plenty of bite and ability to back it up, so he's been a real find.


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