科索沃之戰事關重大》--巴拉克洛夫

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科索沃之戰事關重大》--巴拉克洛夫

北愛爾蘭經理伊恩-巴拉克洛說,周六在溫莎公園舉行的倒數第二場國家聯賽與科索沃的比賽 "事關重大"。

失敗將使北愛爾蘭處於降級附加賽的邊緣。

"巴拉克洛說:"這種情況使科索沃的比賽具有世界盃比賽或歐洲杯比賽的感覺。

"有這麼多的利害關係。沒有人對此掉以輕心,因為在避免降級和鍋的問題上,有太多的事情要做。我喜歡這種感覺。"

北愛爾蘭將在周六的比賽中沒有凱爾-拉弗蒂,因為基爾馬諾克的前鋒在其俱樂部對社交媒體視頻中的所謂教派言論進行調查時被退出了球隊。

愛爾蘭足協周五表示,它 "注意到基爾馬諾克已經對該視頻進行了調查",並補充說,一個 "小的背部問題"--巴拉克洛說無論如何都會讓這位前鋒缺席周六的比賽--也是導致他退出的原因。

被科索沃擊敗將使北愛爾蘭很容易在保級賽中與跟隨的C組球隊交手,輸家將跌入底層。

巴拉克洛還強調,在下個月的下屆歐洲杯預選賽抽籤之前,獲勝對提高北愛爾蘭的聯合效率排名非常重要。

"他說:"這些年來,為了提高我們的聯合效率和排名,我們做了很多工作,在過去,這讓我們在預選賽中獲得了一個體面的抽籤。

"這提高了我們獲得主要賽事資格的機會,這也是我們的目標。

"所以很明顯,我們不希望跌入第五組,因為這使得下個月抽籤時和明年比賽時的任務更加困難。

"我很清楚這一點,球員們也很清楚這一點。"

我們想為球迷贏得勝利

北愛爾蘭隊隊長史蒂文-戴維斯補充說,對科索沃的比賽 "對我們來說是巨大的",並補充說,國家聯賽的首場勝利將是為了支持者們。

在6月主場戰平塞浦路斯的比賽後,少數球迷對巴拉克洛發出了噓聲,但戴維斯認為綠白軍團會 "繼續支持我們"。

"在90分鐘內,他們會在比賽中出現並支持球隊,"流浪者隊的中場球員說。

"顯然,結果並不像我們所希望的那樣,但我們很專注,並進行了一整周的訓練,這對我們來說是件好事,是我們通常不會得到的東西。

"希望我們過去幾天訓練中的一些東西能在比賽中顯示出來,我們能得到積極的結果,希望這將是我們前進的催化劑。"

戴維斯補充說,球員們 "不會推卸他們的責任",因為他們希望結束14場的比賽。

"我們是上場的人,我們要對表演負責,我們知道我們需要做得更好,"這位37歲的球員說。

"我們也很沮喪,因為我們相信我們在取得成績方面比我們所表現的要好。

"第一個進球是如此重要,我們也許丟了太多的球。有一些事情我們想要整理一下。

"我們在更衣室里都非常沮喪,因為我們相信我們應該比我們在這場比賽中所表現出來的更好的結果。

"明天是我們糾正這種情況的另一個機會。"


Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough says "there is so much at stake" in Saturday's penultimate Nations League match with Kosovo at Windsor Park.

Defeat would leave NI on the brink of a relegation play-off.

"That situation gives the Kosovo match the feel of a World Cup game or a Euros game," said Baraclough.

"There is so much at stake. No one is taking this lightly because there is so much to play for in terms of avoiding relegation and the pot. I like that feeling."

Northern Ireland will be without Kyle Lafferty for Saturday's match after the Kilmarnock striker was withdrawn from the squad amid an investigation by his club into an alleged sectarian remark in a social media video.

The Irish FA said on Friday that it "notes an investigation has been launched into the video" by Kilmarnock and added that a "minor back problem" - which Baraclough said would have ruled the striker out of Saturday's game regardless - also contributed to his withdrawal.

Defeat by Kosovo would leave Northern Ireland vulnerable to a relegation play-off against a follow League C side and the loser would drop into the bottom tier.

Baraclough also stressed the importance of winning to boost Northern Ireland's co-efficient ranking before next month's draw for the next Euros qualifying campaign.

"A lot of work has gone on down the years to improve our co-efficient and our rankings, and in the past that has allowed us to get a decent draw in qualifying campaigns," he said.

"That has improved our chances of qualifying for major tournaments, which is our aim.

"So clearly we don't want to drop into pot five, as it makes the task a lot harder when it comes to the draw next month and when it comes to the games next year.

"I'm very well aware of it and the players are aware of it."

We want to win for the fans

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis added the game against Kosovo is "massive for us", adding that maiden Nations League victory would be for the supporters.

A small number of fans booed Baraclough following June's draw at home to Cyprus but Davis feels the Green and White Army will "continue to back us".

"For 90 minutes they will turn up and back the team during the game," said the Rangers midfielder.

"Obviously results haven't been what we have liked, but we are focused and have had a full week of training, which has been good for us and is something which we don't usually get.

"Hopefully some of the things we worked on in training in the last few days will show in the game and we can get that positive result and hopefully that will be the catalyst for us moving forward."

Davis added that players "won't shirk away from their responsibility" as they look to end a 14-game run.

"We are the ones who go on the pitch, we are responsible for the performances and we know we need to do better," the 37-year-old said.

"We're frustrated as well because we believe we are better than we've shown in terms of getting results.

"The first goal is so important and we are maybe conceding too many goals. There are things we want to tidy up.

"We are all very frustrated in the dressing room because we believe we should be getting better results than what we have shown in this campaign.

"Tomorrow is another opportunity for us to put that right."

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