Healy backed for award

19 November 2007 11:36
Fulham striker David Healy should be rewarded for his goalscoring exploits in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, according to Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington. The former Leeds United forward grabbed his 13th goal in the qualifiers as Northern Ireland beat Denmark 2-1 at a rain-soaked Windsor Park on Saturday to surpass Croatia striker Davor Suker's record that had stood for 12 years. A delighted Worthington said: "To score 13 in the campaign, David deserves all the accolades he gets. Of course there should be a prize for the top scorer. "Why should there not be something for a player who has set a magnificent record playing for a small country? "When you consider we went through a barren spell, to get to where he has got to is absolutely fantastic. "David is an exceptional player, a great player to work with and he has a big heart. He scores all sorts of goals and this one was nothing short of magnificent." However, Healy has played down his achievement, saying: "It was all about winning this game rather than me setting the record. "That goal is for the whole team. We never know when we are beaten. I'm just proud to wear this jersey and it was another phenomenal night. "We've been written off in just about every game - we can still do it and qualify."

Source: ESA