19th November – Today In Our Footballing History

19/11/2008 Belfast Hungary 0-2

Maik Taylor (Jonathan Tuffey), Chris Baird, Jonathan Evans, Michael Duff (Niall McGinn), Ryan McGivern, Keith Gillespie, Michael O’Connor (Dean Shiels), Sammy Clingan, Chris Brunt (Martin Paterson), Kyle Lafferty (Warren Feeney), David Healy (Peter Thompson)

Nigel Worthington –

“It was hugely disappointing, very poor – there was a lack of energy, a lack of imagination from my team. It was 40 minutes before we put four passes together. If we turn up in that condition and that frame of mind we might just get a big disappointment in San Marino [in February’s World Cup qualifier].”

“It was very evident that we had players out there tonight who are not playing for their teams that need to put more work in, simple as that. It’s between players and the clubs whether they move or not but they have to do extra work at their clubs because the performance tonight was disappointing, very disappointing.

“There’s a transfer window coming up and I thought it was a tremendous stage for some of them to put in a performance. It is straightforward, black and white. It was embarrassing. We have short-changed the fans, especially with Christmas coming up. That’s as bad a performance as I’ve had since taking charge.”

Northern Ireland produced a below-par performance and fell to defeat at home to Hungary in Wednesday’s friendly at a wet and windy Windsor Park.

Worthington hits out at players.


Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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