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Worthington hails Windsor effect

World Cup qualifier: Northern Ireland v Slovakia
Venue: Windsor Park Date: Wednesday, 9 September Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: Live on Radio Ulster FM and medium wave and Radio Ulster website, live text commentary online and score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live, highlights on BBC1 NI 2315 BST

Nigel Worthington
Nigel Worthington has experienced Windsor Park as player and manager

Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington believes the Windsor Park atmosphere will spur his side on towards a World Cup berth in South Africa next summer.

"You go to some clubs in England and there might be 60,000 in and you hear some people say there is not enough noise," said Worthington.

"We have 13,500 in and it is worth 80,000. They are worth their weight in gold to us as always.

"They are our 12th man and we always have on-days at Windsor," he added.

"It is just a fantastic occasion and something very special for the home side.

"For the away side it can be very intimidating and hostile. That's what we are looking for.

We had a disappointing result in Slovakia, so we owe them one

Nigel Worthington

"I am looking forward to another great night and I know the crowd will be up for it.

"If the team and the supporters are as one, we can become even stronger.

"I had that as a player and it was a fantastic experience and we have got that now which is very special to all of us."

Such is the Windsor effect, Northern Ireland have won five competitive games and drawn the other since Worthington took charge.

It is a formidable record and one the former Norwich City boss is keen to extend before Northern Ireland travel to the Czech Republic for their final qualifier next month.

"Obviously I would like to keep the run going. We had a disappointing result in Slovakia, so we owe them one.

"They have done very well and I have every respect for them. However we are focused on ourselves and how we go about our job."

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