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Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands: Evans has revenge in his sights

By Stuart McKinley

Corry Evans will face the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park tomorrow night with revenge in his mind.

Having seen Faroes’ manager Brian Kerr celebrate his team’s 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland last October like it was a win, Evans is determined that there will be no repeat.

Kerr’s delight was two-fold. His team, ranked outside the top 100 in world football, had just pulled off an unlikely result and it came against a country that as a native of Dublin he would obviously consider to be a major rival.

Evans isn’t looking for excuses or sympathy after the squad were left with egg on their faces in Toftir. He is simply determined to take the opportunity to right the wrongs.

“I remember him (Kerr) out on the pitch celebrating after the game when they drew with us so we're definitely looking to get our own back there and get the victory,” said Evans.

“We can't blame anyone else for the result out there. We didn't take our chances and we didn't play as well as we should have and could have.

“Wednesday night is a chance to make amends and try to please the fans.

“They're like the 12th man at Windsor Park, so hopefully the Faroes won't really enjoy coming to Windsor.

“We have to try and make our home games count. This game is at home and we're definitely going to look to take the three points.”

Evans goal that beat Slovenia in the opening game last September is one of only three Northern Ireland have scored so far in five Group C games.

David Healy will be charged with the responsibility of delivering goals tomorrow night after he was left as the only experienced striker in the squad.

The injuries to Martin Paterson and Josh McQuiod were added to yesterday when Warren Feeney returned to his club with a groin problem, while James McClean turned down a place in the squad in favour of declaring for the Republic of Ireland.

Linfield’s Peter Thompson has been called in to beef up the attack, despite being overlooked for the Carling Nations Cup at the end of last season, even though he hit 30 goals for in the Blues’ double-winning campaign.

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