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Worthington hits out at complacency


Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington accused his team of complacency after they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

It was a shock setback for Worthington following the point gained against former world champions Italy on Friday. Christian Holst took advantage of some sloppy defensive play to open the scoring in the 61st minute, with Kyle Lafferty pulling the visitors level in the 76th minute.

Asked if his side had been complacent, Worthington said: "Without a doubt. They were well warned how tough the game was going to be."

He added: "It was an indisciplined performance by the team, not in terms of yellow cards but in our shape. People were doing the wrong thing.

"I am absolutely delighted to get a point after going a goal down. But without a shadow of a doubt it is two points lost. We have trained very well. However if we do not do the things we are good at you are going to get a slap - and we got a slap."

Such was Northern Ireland's possession they had 12 attempts on goal and 10 off it, leaving Worthington frustrated at their inability to punish the Faroes.

"We were not ruthless enough," he said. "The players are flat and rightly so. You cannot have individuals going and doing their own thing.

"I was pleased with the response to the goal. We showed a bit of urgency after conceding the goal for the first time. But why not start like that?

"Their goal came about through us not putting our foot through the ball. The ball should have been in the sea. We made it hard for ourselves. I was not happy and they know the score. That performance tells us how not to do things."

Worthington added: "We have taken five points from three games, two of them away from home. It is still a decent start but to have seven on the board with Serbia and Slovenia to come next year would have been fantastic."