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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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Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Fans who won Gold Level VIP tickets pictured with Northern Ireland legend Billy Hamilton, who made the assist in the 1982 World Cup. Fans pictured are, Robert Grierson, Karen Connolly, and Dianne Atkinson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans (left to right)Joanne King, Tanya Naycott and Helena Mateer at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast before they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitement at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitement at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic. Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Emily Gray during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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