The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Captain Davis pays penalty
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis made no excuses for his missed penalty after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Holland ended any hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020.
There was no dream send-off for manager Michael O’Neill in what stands to be his final game in charge at Windsor Park as Davis sent his 32nd minute spot-kick well over and the match finished goalless following a poor second half, though Northern Ireland have the consolation of a play-off place.
Davis had faced a long wait for take his penalty, with Holland arguing with referee Szymon Marciniak over his decision to penalise somewhat harshly a handball by Joel Veltman before goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen walked off his line to face Davis before he took it.
O’Neill was left frustrated by Holland’s antics but Davis, making his 116th appearance to overtake David Beckham as the UK’s most capped midfielder, said it made no difference.
The Rangers midfielder said: “It’s a huge disappointment because we all wanted that big result and a big scalp to take it into the final game. Unfortunately we couldn’t do it.”