Irishman admits his side were lucky

Steven Davis admits Northern Ireland were “let off the hook” as the Czech Republic spurned chances to win the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

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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.”

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