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Fighting spirit that got Northern Ireland to Euro 2016 will rekindle the dream: Jonny Evans

By Steven Beacom in Lyon

Northern Ireland star Jonny Evans has told his team-mates to rekindle the spirit of the successful qualifying campaign to keep their Euro 2016 finals dream alive.

Following Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Poland in Nice, Northern Ireland face an uphill task to make it into the knockout stages of the tournament and need at least a win against Ukraine on Thursday in Lyon or in Paris versus world champions Germany next Tuesday.

West Brom defender Evans says that Michael O'Neill's men found a way to make it to France when in difficulties during the qualifiers and wants the same response now.

"There were times in the qualifying campaign when things looked to be slipping away from us and we managed to produce something," said the former Manchester United ace.

"I still think we can do that here in France. We'll watch the Poland game and see what we can do better and I think you'll definitely see an improved performance on Thursday night."

O'Neill is set to change his tactics for the game with Ukraine, who lost 2-0 to Germany at the weekend. He adopted a defensive approach against Poland, but is planning a more attacking mindset on Thursday. Evans said: "We'll try to stamp our authority more on the match when we play Ukraine. The loss to Poland has put us in a position now that we have to go for it."

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