Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Evans showed his true grit

Jonny Evans maintains that his yellow peril was never going to mean a below par performance again Denmark.

Evans, on a yellow card going into the Windsor Park clash, picked up another caution to rule him out of the final group game with Spain on Wednesday night.

However, the 19-year-old Manchester United defender insists that he was not going to allow that to affect his full-blooded approach to the game.

He said: "I said I wanted to treat the game as a one-off, a cup final for the team and I think I did that.

"No-one wanted to go to Spain and play in Gran Canaria more than me, all my family have booked to go over for the game. It's disappointing for me to miss out on the last game in the group, but we just had to look after one game at a time."

Having originally been left out of the squad for Saturday's game with the Danes, Evans shone after coming in as a replacement for the injured George McCartney.

"Obviously I was disappointed to be left out of the squad, but I just had to get on with things," he said.

"I didn't want anyone to get injured but I knew if I kept working hard and showed the right attitude then the door might open for me again.

"The conditions for the full-backs and wingers especially, because you were always having to kick out of puddles but I think we coped pretty well."