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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
Sanchez praises display
Northern Ireland appear to be making progress under Lawrie Sanchez
Lawrie Sanchez's side produced another decent performance
Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez was pleased with his team's display in the 1-1 draw against Serbia & Montenegro in Belfast.

"They were rattled. It was a good performance and it's starting to get where I want us to go," said Sanchez.

"We should have won it at the end and we're getting towards being a decent side and making progress in every game.

"We were a bit slow off the mark in the first 20 minutes but once we got going, we weren't bad at all."

Sanchez felt that his side had given their 44th ranked opponents opponents too much respect early on.

"But Serbia certainly weren't showboating towards the end as they were in the first 20 minutes."

Goalscorer James Quinn claimed that both he and Mark Williams were spat at by a Serb defender in the second half, as tempers flared.

"It's a disgusting thing to happen even though you do, unfortunately sometimes get it in international football," said Quinn.

"I haven't played for a Northern Ireland team that has worked so hard."
James Quinn

The goalscorer said that he could hardly miss the chance after being set up by David Healy.

"It was a fantastic ball by David and I really didn't have to do that much."

Quinn spoke of a new spirit in the Northern Ireland team since the arrival of Lawrie Sanchez.

"I'm thankful Lawrie has given me the chance and hopefully I've done enough to get called back again.

"I think we played some great stuff and the attitude of the lads was fantastic.

"If we had nicked it at 2-1 we would have deserved it.

"I haven't played for a Northern Ireland team that has worked so hard."

Lawrie Sanchez
"We are making progress in every match"

NI 1-1 Serbia & Montenegro
28 Apr 04  |  Northern Ireland

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