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Davis: Northern Ireland performance "unacceptable"
2:07pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis revealed manager Michael O’Neill tore strips off his side in the aftermath of their defeat to Luxembourg.
Northern Ireland have long struggled to put away lower ranked opposition, but losing to a side 140th in the world standings and containing just four full-time professionals was a major blow.
O’Neill was scathing in his post-match media briefing and Saints midfielder Davis confirmed there was more of the same for the players following their shock 3-2 reverse.
“Michael was furious, and that’s understandable,” he said.
“Some words were said and they are to stay in the dressing room. Honestly, I am finding it really hard to talk about it so soon after the game, I am just so frustrated.
“Is it any different for me as captain? No, I think just generally as a player I wasn’t at it. I was about half-a-yard off.
“I don’t think there were any positives, it was a totally unacceptable performance. We let down Michael and the staff, and the fans who came out and gave us such a good backing.
“It’s strange how you go from such a mature performance against Russia and you come in today and it looks as if we had never played with each other before.
“I don’t think we underestimated Luxembourg. We know ourselves if we want results we have to be on it every single game and this time we weren’t on it.”
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