Evans looks to the positives after Northern Ireland defeat

Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans believes they can take confidence from their UEFA Nations League campaign, despite being relegated on Sunday

Michael O’Neill’s side were relegated to League C after losing all four of their Group B3 games following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Austria.

Evans had put Northern Ireland back level at 1-1 after netting his first international goal in eight years.

But the Green and White Army’s hopes of a first Nations League point suffered a late blow following Valentino Lazaro’s stoppage-time winner for Austria.

“It’s always disappointing when you lose the game with the last kick of the ball,” said Evans, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

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“But we can take a lot of positives out of the performance.

“The manner of the way we played; going a goal down we came back to level the game and at that stage it looked like we were the only side going to go win the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“We have to take great confidence from the way we have been playing in the campaign and take that into the Euro 2020 qualifiers.”

The last time Evans had scored for Northern Ireland was against Slovenia in September 2010 in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

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