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All game for a great match.

Byline: KEITH ANDERSON

BEFORE yesterday's game manager Nigel Worthington called on the Windsor "roar" to push his side into the World Cup.

The game on the pitch may have been lost but another challenge was won in the stands.

A hostile atmosphere against Poland in March was turned into a friendlier environment before kick-off yesterday.

The Slovakian fans paraded en masse from City Hall before the game without any trouble.

And as the game finished the Northern Ireland team left the pitch defeated and deflated, yet the supporters stayed to cheer on the victorious Slovakian side and their fans, after a win in Belfast secured them a place in South Africa next year.

Northern Ireland may not be the best team in Europe - yet - but their supporters have done them proud off the field.

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HUG Fans embrace before the match HAT'S OFF Slovakian and Northern Ireland supporters exchange headgear WALK ON BY Fan makes her way to Windsor Park
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 10, 2009
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