NI are still on track for Euro gold, says Carson
Goalkeeper Trevor Carson believes Northern Ireland have proved over the last week that they have a squad capable of reaching the Euro finals next month, despite seeing their search for a first Nations League win continue after a 1-0 loss to Norway in Oslo last night.
an Baraclough’s side put in a brilliant defensive display, which saw Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland reduced to a bit-part role, but couldn’t hold out for a point as Stuart Dallas saw a second-half corner deflect off his arm into his own net.
With only two games remaining, Northern Ireland are now battling to avoid Nations League relegation and sit bottom of their group on one point, trailing third placed Romania – who lost 1-0 to Austria last night – by three points.
But Carson insists the squad will take the positives from a tough seven-day stretch of games ahead of next month’s winner-takes-all play-off final against Slovakia – who lost 3-2 at home to Israel last night.
“If you take the week as a whole, what we’ve been through, the big one was Bosnia and we’ve overcome that. We’re looking forward to next month, it’s a massive chance to get to another Euros,” said Carson, a late replacement for the injured Bailey Peacock-Farrell last night.
“Tonight shows it’s a squad game and lads have come in and haven’t let themselves down. We’ve shown we have a great squad and it’s important because we might need one or two of us.”
Last night’s defeat was a close run affair.
Josh Magennis fired straight at keeper Andre Hansen when one-on-one in the first half, and Dallas’ unlucky deflection then settled it in the 67th minute.
“We were hard to break down. It was so unfortunate to lose a goal like that. As a team, we were proud of our efforts but unfortunately we have no points to show for it,” added Carson.