Northern Ireland captain Gareth McAuley laments disappointing draw against Slovenia

Northern Ireland drop crucial European Championship qualifying points at home to Slovenia as Estonia hold Serbia to a draw. Ireland's captain not happy with the result in Belfast.
Northern Ireland captain Gareth McAuley says the team are disappointed with their 0-0 draw with Slovenia at Windsor Park.

Both sides had good chances to win the game in Belfast but neither could take advantage of Estonia’s draw at home to Serbia in Group C.

The result has put a severe dent in Northern Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying aspirations and the 31 year old admits that it was disheartening night.

“I think it’s a hard point earned," McAuley told Sky Sports.

“We had a few good chances in the second half, especially [but] we are disappointed with the result.

“We knew that they were going to come at us from the start and put us under pressure – that’s how the games have been against them.

“I think getting to half time at 0-0 was important - second half we tried to give it a go and we couldn’t get enough possession.

“On the night, we only created a couple of chances and it resulted in a draw.

“Every time we get our shirt on we give our all and that’s all we can do and ask; hopefully the results will start to come.

Evans hopes that Ireland’s next qualifier - away to the Faroe Islands, will bring a maximum return and also praised McAuley’s performance on the night.

“He (McAuley) has been fantastic the last few games, he wore the captain’s armband tonight and he was absolutely superb.

“We’ve got a game in hand coming up in August and hopefully we can take three points there.”

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