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Delight for Patterson; Northern Ireland 1 Switzerland 0.

A first-ever international goal provided the memory of a lifetime for Northern Ireland's Darren Patterson in last night's 1-0 win over Switzerland but the Luton centre-half was even more delighted to have helped keep a clean sheet.

Patterson celebrated his return to the fray after a two-year exile by heading home the only goal of the friendly against Switzerland at Windsor Park.

His goal after 10 minutes, which was his first in two-and-a-half years, also made it two wins out of two for manager Lawrie McMenemy. Patterson beamed: "I am very pleased indeed to score. It was such a good cross and it was just in front of me, so Ijust had to put my head to it."

It was the completion of his day job, though, that gave Patterson the most pleasure, and he said: "Keeping a clean sheet means an awful lot more to me being a centre half."

Patterson, who missed the first half of the season with an Archilles injury, had not expected to play and he got his chance only because of a hamstring injury to Colin Hill.

He was grateful for the opportunity and revealed that Hill had rung him to wish him well.
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