Thursday, November 22, 2007

Sir David of Healy

Whilst England were crashing out of the Euros in abject manner, our own David Healy was setting a new European qualifying goalscoring record for Northern Ireland. His 13 goals in this campaign eclipsing Davor Suker’s previous record of 12 goals in 1996. There’s a great piece about "the greatest striker in Europe" on this blog which emphasises the pride all NI fans must be feeling about the performance of their national side. NI really showed what you can achieve if all your players know the role they have to play and do so with passion and commitment. England could certainly learn a lot from watching their last two games.

Bizarrely my disappointment over England this week has made me feel more positive about Fulham and Sanchez’ ability to get us moving in the right direction again. In Healy we clearly have someone capable of scoring goals and if anyone can find the way to get the best out of him it must be Lawrie Sanchez. Healy’s scoring record at International level (33 goals in 62 games) has always been greater than his achievements at club level, but I believe once we have found the right partner for him (either McBride if he successfully recovers from injury or a new signing in January) we will start to see the best of him.

Just found this staggering stat on the UEFA website. Healy almost outscored Holland who only scored 15 goals in their route to qualification despite a tally of 79 shots on target which was more than any other nation.

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