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Corry Evans joins queue in praise of big brother Jonny

By Steven Beacom

They have been queuing up to praise Jonny Evans following his superb performance against Portugal in the World Cup qualifier in Porto.

Manager Michael O'Neill and the Northern Ireland players waxed lyrical about the Manchester United ace and, in yesterday's Belfast Telegraph, Portugal great Luis Figo was full of praise for the defender.

Now his younger brother Corry has joined in.

“He was really good, he’s a great player,” said the Hull City midfielder, who put in quite a shift himself helping to nullify the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw.

“I think Jonny's grown over the last couple of years. He’s established himself in the first team at United and that can only bode well for the future of Northern Ireland because we’ll need players like him if we’re going to go away from home and get results.”

Evans added that the performance against Portugal was the perfect way to get over last month's frustrating draw at home to Luxembourg.

“We were obviously disappointed with the game against Luxembourg where we should have wrapped up the three points,” said Corry.

“Then, against Portugal, nobody gave us a chance. If you looked at the odds before the game we wouldn’t have been favoured even to get a draw but the lads showed great character, grit, and determination to keep the team’s shape and stick to the game plan.”

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