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Southampton midfielder Steven Davis praised by Northern Ireland boss after scoring
7:38am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Football
O'Neill's side salvaged a 1-1 draw against Israel in Tel Aviv, a highly creditable result given a number of experienced absentees including Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Aaron Hughes.
The visitors had gone behind just before half-time to Eden Ben Basat's headed effort and looked to be on course for a fourth straight loss.
But Saints midfielder Davis made sure that would not be the case when he raced on to Jamie Ward's square pass and lashed home with 18 minutes left.
It was his first goal of the campaign and his first since being handed the armband by O'Neill.
"If you wanted to criticise Steven you could only say he doesn't chip in with enough goals because his overall quality of play is excellent," said the manager.
"We tried to play him a bit higher up the field and it was a good piece of play and a great finish.
"It's difficult to be a manager when you're not winning games but it's not easy being the captain either and he's handled himself very well.
"I'm delighted for Steven."
Davis scored twice for Saints in his first season at St Mary's in 2012/13 - both against Manchester City. He has also scored twice this season, both against Barnsley in the League Cup.
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