Steven Davis revealed that their World Cup qualifier against Switzerland will not be a revenge mission. Switzerland had ended the hopes of Northern Ireland’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a controversial 1-0 victory. Davis insists that he and his teammates have moved on from that disappointment.
“The squad now is very different to what it was then,” Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis said before their game against Switzerland. “We won’t use any energy on revenge or anything like that. We know the importance of this game and what it could do for us and that is our sole focus.”
Northern Ireland has won three of their last four games under manager Ian Baraclough which began with a 3-0 win over Malta. Despite not enjoying the best of starts to his tenure, the manager has applied himself on the squad who have fared much better in recent times.
“We knew the things we were laying down, the processes, the things that give us a chance to win games, we’re working for us,” Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough said. “We came into this camp knowing we were playing well and we just needed to tighten up one or two things. We were clinical against Lithuania, we took our chances and played very well, (apart from) 10 or 15 minutes, and then with a totally different team against Estonia, a tricky game but we came through it and I think we’re in very good form and high in confidence.”