Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington believes David Healy deserves some reward for setting a marvellous 13-goal record in the European Championship qualifying campaign.

The Fulham striker grabbed a glorious winner in the 2-1 victory against Denmark to keep alive the province’s slim hopes of making Austria and Switzerland.

“To score 13 in the campaign, David deserves all the accolades he gets, ” said Worthington. “Of course there should be a prize for the top scorer.”

Northern Ireland need to defeat Spain in Las Palmas on Wednesday and hope Latvia overcome Sweden if they are to achieve the impossible dream.

However, anything would appear possible with Healy around. He broke Davor Suker’s record which has stood for 12 years with a superb chip in the 79th minute.

But the predatory striker is left with only bragging rights to cherish and Worthington feels that is a shame.

“Why should there not be something for a player who has set a magnificent record playing for a small country?,” he added.

“When you consider we went through a barren spell, to get to where he has got to is absolutely fantastic.

“David is an exceptional player, a great player to work with and he has a big heart. He scores all sorts of goals and this one was nothing short of magnificent.”