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How the Northern Ireland players rated as Washington inspires comeback win over Estonia

Conor Washington gives Josh Magennis a kiss after their decisive impact off the bench.
Conor Washington gives Josh Magennis a kiss after their decisive impact off the bench.

Northern Ireland's 100% Euro 2020 qualifying record is intact thanks to some heroics from the substitutes in Estonia.

Trailing 1-0 in Tallinn, Michael O'Neill brought on Conor Washington, Josh Magennis and Jordon Jones and they proved the difference between the sides.

Here's a look at how the individuals fared:

Starting XI

Bailey Peacock-Farrell 5: Will be disappointed to have been beaten at his near post by Konstantin Vassiljev's free-kick.

Michael Smith 6: Hearts man stepped in at right-back and kept Estonia at bay down the left.

Jonny Evans 7: Neat and tidy as usual, urged the troops forward in the second half with some intelligent long balls.

Craig Cathcart 6: Some crucial interceptions at the back and headed one decent chance over the top.

Jamal Lewis 7: A Premier League new-boy with Norwich and on this evidence the pacy full-back will not look out of place.

George Saville 5: Anonymous in midfield in the first half, fluffed his lines in front of goal in the second.

Steven Davis 6: Lost Vassiljev in the area and lucky not to have been punished. Skipper improved along with his side after the break.

Paddy McNair 5: Should probably have blocked Vassiljev's free-kick on the end of the wall. Later tried to inject some tempo to the attack.

Stuart Dallas 6: Pressed into a more attacking role on the left, the Leeds wideman curled over from the edge of the box. 6

Liam Boyce 5: Burton striker took some heavy challenges early on. Should have put a free header at least on target. Subbed at half-time. 5

Gavin Whyte 6: Oxford winger handed first competitive start. Quick and full of energy, provided a fine cross for Boyce. 6


Conor Washington (for Boyce, 46) 8: - Pace and power after the break caused Estonia all sorts of problems and scored a classy equaliser.

Jordan Jones (for Smith, 64) 7: Surprise omission from the starting line-up, Jones was an instant handful and set up the winner. 7

Josh Magennis (for Saville, 69) 7: Another with a point to prove and on hand to poke in Jones' cross. 7

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