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Corry Evans takes positives from Austria defeat

Northern Ireland international Corry Evans has said that the team can take positives despite their dismal run in the newly formed Nations League. The Irish had previously lost their three matches in the competition and their fate did not change against Austria, who secured a 2-1 triumph after Valentino Lazaro struck in stoppage time.

As such, the team ended the competition with no points on the board as well as getting relegated to League C but Evans believes there are plenty of positives to carry forward, he said: “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 win the game, 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.”

“Corry Evans scored his first international goal in eight years to cancel out Xaver Schlager’s opener for the Austrians“ and it appeared that the Irish would get onto the board during the competition’s final match. However, it was not sufficient to deliver the point which would have had no “implications on their position“, considering they had already been relegated.

Nonetheless, there are positives to carry forward with youngsters in the form of Jamal Lewis, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Gavin Whyte getting the opportunity to impress while the country can also take heart from the fact that they had previously reached the European Championship in France while only narrowly missing out on the World Cup qualification after a playoff defeat at the hands of Switzerland.