EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS: Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern refusing to dwell on Hungary nightmare

Michael McGovern fumbles the ball against Hungary
Michael McGovern fumbles the ball against Hungary

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern is refusing to dwell on last month’s howler against Hungary.

The Hamilton shot-stopper spilled Balazs Dzsudzsak’s free-kick, allowing Richard Guzmics a simple tap-in.

The error threatened to throw a spanner in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying hopes, but Kyle Lafferty bailed McGovern out with an injury time equaliser.

The spirited 1-1 draw means Michael O’Neill’s men need just two points from final qualifiers against Greece and Finland to guarantee qualification.

“I think I have reacted pretty well since that goal and my club form has been good,” McGovern said ahead of Thursday’s clash with Greece.

“I was disappointed with the goal against Hungary. These things happen to goalkeepers from time to time, and it is important how you react.

“I can’t dwell on that and I have to look to the future now.”

McGovern has started the last three qualifiers, but is refusing to consider himself as Northern Ireland’s new number one goalkeeper.

“I am taking things game by game. I would never consider myself the number one,” he added.

“We have really good competition in a number of positions. If I play against Greece I will be delighted and if not, I will be supportive to whoever does play.”