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What did new Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough learn from his first game in charge?

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Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough.

Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough.

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Steven Davis is surrounded in possession against Romania

Steven Davis is surrounded in possession against Romania

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Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough.

I imagine the over-riding feeling deep down for Ian Baraclough on Friday night was one of relief.

I say relief because he eventually got his Northern Ireland managerial spell up and running and, secondly, that his team left Bucharest with their first ever Nations League point thanks to a spirited backs to the wall performance.

I'm convinced he looked a few years older at the full time whistle than he did at the start of the game. The emotional rollercoaster throughout the 90 minutes had him looking a bit drained at the end!