Belfast Telegraph

Beware the Greeks: Evans

Corry Evans has warned his Northern Ireland team-mates to beware the danger of Greece when they visit Windsor Park next month.

The Belfast showdown will see the team top of Group F face the side sitting bottom of the table without a victory to their name eight games into the campaign.

Last year Northern Ireland travelled to Athens and won 2-0 in a fair degree of comfort. Evans played the full 90 minutes but despite the Greeks enduring a dreadful campaign, the Blackburn Rovers midfielder is predicting a tough contest in October, especially with Kyle Lafferty, Chris Baird and Conor McLaughlin suspended.

"It's going to be tough with those losses, but it gives some of the other players in the squad a chance to stake a claim for a starting spot," stated Evans.

"We know the quality that Greece have. Obviously they haven't been in great form of late but they'll be playing with no pressure so it's definitely going to be a difficult game."

Northern Ireland will enter the Greek fixture knowing a win will take them to France, as was the case ahead of the 1-1 draw with Hungary on Monday night.

"Obviously we wanted to wrap it up against Hungary but the situation is how it was before the game. Now we need to get a win in the next match and that's exactly what we'll be looking to do against Greece," said Evans.

"Against Hungary we never gave up. We'll always give 100 per cent and keep fighting to the end and it shows the togetherness of the squad and the spirit that we have.

"The atmosphere inside Windsor was fantastic. I've never seen the place bouncing quite like it was against Hungary. It's really important to have the fans behind us like they were and it helped us in the end."

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