In a more positive frame of mind than yesterday's post.
New Fulham cult hero David Healy scored twice tonight to help Northern Ireland to a 3-1 win over Liechtenstein. That takes Healy's unofficial* total to 5 goals in 4 games. Chris Baird captained the side that also featured Steven Davis and, possible Fulham target, Kyle Lafferty who scored the third goal. Northern Ireland are now second in their group.
In other International news Simon Davies played in Wales' 1-0 victory in Bulgaria. Papa Bouba Diop made his presence felt, particularly on Michael Essien, at The New Den where Senegal and Ghana fought out a 1-1 draw. Adrian Leijer helped the Australian U23 side to a 0-0 draw with Iraq in their attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games and Ricardo Batista kept goal for the Portugese U21 side that beat Malta 3-0.
Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey both featured in the U.S.A's 1-0 loss in Sweden. Clint Dempsey nearly scored for the Americans firing a low shot from inside the penalty area that goalkeeper Rami Shaaban barely got his gloves on.
Meanwhile during the England v Germany friendly at the new Wembley, both Paul Robinson and Jens Lehmann did their best to make Tony Warner feel a whole lot better about himself.
* Healy's unofficial total includes "the goal that should have been" against Middlesbrough.