Friday 15 December 2017

Kerr happy -- but sad for North

BRIAN Kerr admitted to mixed feelings after his Faroe Islands team grabbed a shock 1-1 draw at home to put a dent in Northern Ireland's Euro 2012 qualification bid.

Dubliner Kerr, whose father was born in Belfast, watched as Christian Holst opened the scoring for the Faroes in the 61st minute after some sloppy defending from the visitors to Torshavn.

Kyle Lafferty did manage to get the equaliser 15 minutes later after linking up with Chris Brunt, but that was as good as it got for Northern Ireland.

Kerr said: "While I am very happy with the result, from the Northern Ireland point I am disappointed this may have affected their chances of qualifying.

"It has been a hard struggle for us to get to this stage and get a point. It was a good goal.

"I have not had that many good days regarding results. There is not a magic wand here. I am trying to get favours and trying to change the attitude of the association so we can become more professional."

Northern Ireland manager Worthington, meanwhile, rounded on his players after the game.

And he wants a change of attitude when his side reconvene next March, with Serbia and Slovenia on the agenda in Euro 2012 qualifiers.

After beating Slovenia and holding Italy to a goalless draw, Worthington was convinced he would get a professional performance against one of football's small-fry sides.

Instead, Worthington said: "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.

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

"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."

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