Worthington unsure about future

08 October 2011 07:35

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington is no closer to finding out whether he will remain in the job at the end of the current campaign after watching his side slump to another disappointing defeat against Estonia.

Having lost 4-1 in Tallinn last month, Worthington's side were out for revenge at Windsor Park but surrendered the lead to lose 2-1 as their hopes of securing an unlikely Euro 2012 play-off place were finally extinguished.

"The fans are as frustrated and disappointed as I am," said Worthington. "That's the game and I've been in football long enough to get on with it. There's no excuses, no hiding places. I haven't got a clue (about the future). That's the million dollar question."

He added: "A win is what myself and the players wanted. What other people make decisions about is up to them. I'm employed until December 31 and I've enjoyed the role.

"I'm working with a great group of players and you try and make the most of that group. I think over the course of this campaign we have."

Worthington's side went ahead in the first half when stand-in captain Steven Davis bundled home Kyle Lafferty's parried cross and endured plenty of pressure before Craig Cathcart conceded a penalty in the 77th minute.

Konstantin Vassiljev won and converted the spot-kick but his winner, which followed seven minutes later, was a matter of serious dispute. The finish was sublime, a rocket from 30 yards, but a linesman's flag was raised in the build-up and the hosts felt the goal should have been chalked off.

Worthington was no less incensed than his team.

"It's difficult to take, it's frustrating, it's disappointing," said Worthington. "My reaction was no different to that of the players. I saw the flag go up, turned round to get a drink of water and all of a sudden the ball has hit back of the net.

"There's no point in having people there to help the referee if you're not going to take any notice of them. But I'm not one to moan about anybody. Everyone can make their own opinions about the referee."

Source: PA