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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 22:19 GMT
Feeney anxious to stake NI claim
Warren Feeney scored Northern Ireland's goal in the draw against Portugal
Goalscorer Warren Feeney said he hoped he had given Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez a selection headache with his performance against Portugal.

Feeney only started because Leeds striker David Healy was out through injury but he made the most of the chance in the 1-1 friendly draw.

"I want to make life difficult for the manager," said the Luton Town forward.

"All I can do is get out there and show what I am capable of. It was fantastic to get the goal."

Feeney said his 53rd minute leveller had been rehearsed on the training ground.

"We had worked on the set-pieces, getting across the front man," added Feeney.

"I took a gamble and got my head on it. I knew it was going into the net and it was a great feeling."

Manager Lawrie Sanchez said a number of his young players had boosted their international prospects.

"To come from behind to draw with a team like Portugal is a great positive," said Sanchez.

"I told the players at half-time we were not here to be knocked over and they showed they can compete.

"It was good to give everyone a game and the younger players have done themselves a lot of favours."

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