09th February – Today In Our Footballing History

09/02/2005 Belfast Canada 0-1

Maik Taylor (Roy Carroll), Chris Baird, Tony Capaldi (Stephen Craigan), Aaron Hughes, George McCartney, Colin Murdock (Andrew Kirk), Steve Davis, Tommy Doherty (Phillip Mulryne), Keith Gillespie (Steve Jones), Jeff Whitley, David Healy (Andy Smith)

Lawrie Sanchez –

“Our fans and sometimes our players believe their own press, but this was a dose of reality. There was no invention in the box. We played to our ranking. Steve [Davis] had a decent debut. If you had to choose one player from that team it would be him. He looked a Premiership player. Let’s be realistic, we bossed 90 per cent of the game. We had plenty of possession but our crossing was poor. This is not morale damaging, it could be the kick up the backside we needed before the England game.”

Aaron Hughes –

“It is disappointing to lose but England is a big one for us and we must put in a better display. We rushed too many things when we needed to be patient. We had a lot of the ball and were unlucky in that David Healy and Steve Jones both hit the post. But we keep conceding bad goals and we need to improve on that because a team of England’s quality could punish us even more.”

Northern Ireland 0-1 Canada

Canada give Sanchez reality check



Tommy Doherty, David Healy, Colin Murdock, Maik Taylor, Keith Gillespie, Jeff Whitley, Gary McCartney, Tony Capaldi, Aaron Hughes, Steven Davis, Chris Baird



Source: http://nifootball.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/515-9-february-2005.html

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