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Last Updated: Monday, 7 June, 2004, 00:48 GMT 01:48 UK
Sanchez thrilled after win
Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez
Sanchez has been impressed by his team's form
Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez was delighted after seeing his side beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0.

He said the result, along with a win over St Kitts and Nevis and a draw with Barbados, would be a perfect build-up to the World Cup qualifying rounds.

"We have a five-game unbeaten run. If my memory serves me correctly this has not been done by Northern Ireland in the last 25 years," he said.

"It will build our confidence significantly for the World Cup games."

Sanchez admitted the trip had not all been plain sailing and he had not had all his first-choice players to choose from, but he was still upbeat about how it had gone.

"We went through a lot this week. Some of the players were not happy, probably because of the long travel, and, when you have 20 players to deal with, this will happen," he said.

"There are a couple players left at home with injuries. We have to look at that and see how we deal with them.

"The goalkeeping situation will have to be given some attention but I am really happy with what I saw from my players in the Caribbean," he added.

"During this tour some of the players would have definitely grown and that is good for our football."






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