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Michael McGovern: “We fancy ourselves to go and do it.”

10 November 2017

Norwich City stopper Michael McGovern says Northern Ireland are still very much in with a chance of World Cup qualification despite their 1-0 first-leg defeat to Switzerland in Belfast last night.

McGovern retained his place in goal for Northern Ireland, and was beaten only be a controversial penalty in the 56th minute, when Corry Evans was harshly penalised for handball. Ricardo Rodriquez stepped up to put the penalty away.

“We were disappointed with the manner of the penalty,” McGovern told “Most people would say it wasn’t a penalty but as frustrating as it is we can’t dwell on it and we have to move on and concentrate on the second leg.

“They didn’t have many chances and we were good defensively but we can play a lot better than that.”

Northern Ireland will have their chance to turn things around in Basel on Sunday, as they look to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.

“We’re still in the tie – it’s only one goal,” McGovern said. “We’ll go over there and give it a good shot.

“Switzerland are favourites but when we’re unfancied that’s when we can often come up trumps, so we’re looking forward to Sunday and fancy ourselves to go out and do it. We only conceded one goal so we don’t have to change our plans too much, as we know one goal will get us right back in it.”

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