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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 21:27 GMT 22:27 UK
NI goal hero Healy targets finals
David Healy is congratuled after scoring against Sweden
David Healy is congratuled after scoring against Sweden
David Healy is hoping to make the Euro 2008 finals after his brace gave Northern Ireland a 2-1 win over Sweden at Windsor Park on Wednesday evening.

The victory saw NI replace the Swedes at the top of their qualifying group.

"As long as I can score goals and we can win games, who knows what can happen next year," said the Leeds ace.

"It was a great occasion - we let ourselves down badly in our first game against Iceland but we've come on leaps and bounds to lead the group."

Healy, who has now scored nine goals in the Euro 2008 campaign, added: "The second goal was probably the sweeter as it was the winner but my first was definitely the better strike, although all goals at Windsor Park are sweet.

"When we met up last week Lawrie (Sanchez) gave us the group table to show what it would be like to be top of the standings - thank God we are.

"That's five goals in two games and hopefully I can return to Leeds and score some goals to help the club stay in the Championship."

606: DEBATE
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N Ireland manager Sanchez urged caution after another big win in Belfast, which followed famous victories over England and Spain.

"After six games to have 13 points is phenomenal but we'll probably need as many points if not more over the next six games," he said.

"It's been a great night, we'll enjoy it but we are only halfway there and there's a lot more football left in this group.

"If we give David Healy chances he will score. He had two chances and scored both - top class, world class finishing.

"It was a bit disappointing to give away the goal but we've got great resilience and that's been the trademark of this campaign."



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