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Norwood helps NI make history

15 October 2014

Royal midfielder assists opening goal

Midfield man Oliver Norwood helped Northern Ireland create a little bit of history on Tuesday night.

Norwood set up the first goal for Derby's Jamie Ward with a well-taken corner, and for the first time in their history they have won their opening three qualifiers by beating Greece 2-0.

Although Michael O'Neill's men only had 24% possession, they scored an excellent second through Kyle Lafferty and nobody can deny their excellent form in matches against Hungary, the Faroes and now the Greeks.

Norwood is playing alongside ex-Royal Chris Baird in midfield, as well as Southampton man Steven Davis, and Oli said recently, "Playing with those two is brilliant. They help me so much. They're great lads on and off the pitch. They're always there for advice when I need it. When you're playing they help you get in position and so on.


"Overall there's a great spirit in the group. The tour of South America in the summer was unbelievable in terms of what we got out of it, not the results but in terms of the level of performance we produced against two big nations [Uruguay and Chile]."

Meanwhile, Alex Pearce was an unused sub as Ireland drew 1-1 in Germany, and Adam Federici played 45 as Australia went down to Qatar.


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