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Paterson defends McAuley dismissal

Northern Ireland striker Martin Paterson says Gareth McAuley had to make the challenge which resulted in his dismissal late in the game in Cyprus.

Paterson said the last-man challenge on Demetris Christofi in the 76th minute had potentially denied the Cypriots a winning goal in the friendly international in Nicosia.

The forward also laments his missed goal-scoring opportunity in the early minutes of the match.

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