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McGovern's patience pays off for NI
26 Mar 2015 14:02
Michael McGovern includes patience as one of his virtues and it brought its own reward with a long-awaited first start for Northern Ireland against Scotland.
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The Hamilton goalkeeper had waited almost five years for another chance at international level after making his debut under Nigel Worthington in May 2010 as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Chile in Santiago.
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The 30-year-old was included in the starting line-up by Michael O'Neill for the Hampden Park friendly on Wednesday night, and his man-of-the match display kept the Scots at bay until he was eventually beaten by a late Christophe Berra header.
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McGovern expects regular number one Roy Carroll to return between the sticks for the Euro qualifier against Finland at Windsor Park on Sunday but was happy to give O'Neill some "food for thought".
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The former Northern Ireland Under-21 keeper, who started his career at Celtic before starring for Ross County and Falkirk, said: "All I can do is do my best and hopefully I impressed Michael and showed I am quite comfortable playing at this level because obviously I hadn't started a game before, I just came on as a substitute a few years ago.
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"It was a good night personally and there were a lot of positives for the team as well although I was obviously disappointed to concede the late goal.
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"Hopefully I gave him food for thought but obviously I know big Roy is number one and there's not much I can do about it at this moment as he has been different class.
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"It is very difficult (to oust the incumbent keeper), you have to be patient and I feel like I have been.
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"I am quite a patient guy so that puts me in good stead.
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"I have been in this position before at club level so I will keep working hard and hopefully the rewards will come."
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