Steven Davis admits Northern Ireland were “let off the hook” as the Czech Republic spurned chances to win the 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The Southampton midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the goalless draw in Prague, which otherwise would be seen as a positive result for Michael O’Neill’s men.
Davis admitted in his pre-match press conference that Northern Ireland’s improved recent results have increased expectations and many will believe they should have done better against a transitional Czech outfit.
“I think the three points would have been there for the taking,” he said. “They had a couple of chances in the second half which they would definitely have expected to score from – maybe we were let off the hook.
“From our point of view we weren’t at our best by any means but I think in the first half we had a couple of opportunities which we should have made more from on the counter attack.
“It’s a hard one to reflect on because you are coming away from home and happy with a point; at the same time there’s a lot of ‘what if’ if we had have been at our best. I think the three points would have been there for the taking.
“It was a strange game, they got opportunities where nine times out of 10 they would have been expected to score – luck was on our side in these cases.
“We definitely know we can do better but if you had told us before the match that we would get a point then we would have taken it.”