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Ian Baraclough optimistic despite frustrating defeat to Greece



Northern Ireland v Kosovo – UEFA Nations League – Group J – Windsor Park

Northern Ireland coach Ian Baraclough insisted his side were still improving, but there was no denying that Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Greece in Athens was a step backwards.

After the joy of Josh Magennis’ stoppage-time winner against Kosovo on Saturday, there was the familiar feeling of a Nations League defeat at the Georgios Kamaras Stadium as second-half goals from Giorgos Masouras and Petros Mantalos sunk Northern Ireland.