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Northern Ireland squad is better than Euro 2016 panel, insists Corry Evans

Northern Ireland's Corry Evans celebrates scoring on Sunday.
Northern Ireland's Corry Evans celebrates scoring on Sunday.

By Paul Ferguson

Corry Evans took little comfort from scoring his first international goal in eight years after Austria's late winner on Sunday night at Windsor Park brought on more Nations League agony for Northern Ireland.

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Evans netted just his second international goal, and Northern Ireland's first in three games, to cancel out Austria's opener from Xaver Schlager.

His 57th-minute strike, which took a deflection, appeared to be securing a confidence-boosting point for Michael O'Neill's men in the final international match of 2018, before Valentino Lazaro scored a sublime goal, curling the ball into the top corner of the net with the last kick of the game.

"The goal was a long time coming but it's just a shame we couldn't get the second when we were on top," admitted Evans, who was playing in midfield alongside Steven Davis and George Saville.

"It's always disappointing when you lose the game with the last kick of the ball. But we can take a lot of positives out of the performance.

"The manner of the way we played; going a goal down we came back to level the game and at that stage it looked like we were the only side going to go on and win, but it wasn't to be.

"We have to take great confidence from the way we have been playing in the campaign and take that into the Euro 2020 qualifiers. We have a better squad than when we qualified for Euro 2016 so there is a lot of belief going into the next campaign."

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