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Corry aiming to upset the odds

Northern Ireland face a double-header this week, with the Netherlands and Germany the opponents

16 November 2019

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If there's two international teams in world football that you'd be keen to avoid in a bid to reach the finals of a major competitions than it's fair to say that the Netherlands and Germany would be named by many.

That's who Northern Ireland have in their way as the Green and White Army aim to reach their second successive Euros competition.

Corry Evans will be hoping to play a part in both games, with the Dutch up first for Michael O'Neill's side tonight in Belfast.

The Rovers midfielder is currently with the squad preparing for the battle, with a trip to Germany quickly following on Tuesday night in Frankfurt.

“We have two huge games to come and we know it’ll be a tough ask for us against good opposition," Evans openly admitted to iFollow Rovers ahead of the games.

“We have Holland at home followed by Germany away. We’ve played both of those teams already and know the quality they have.

“We’ll give it our best shot and see what we can achieve. At home against the Germans we were right on top for 45 minutes but didn’t take our chances and that killed us.

“I remember that once they had a chance they’d take it and that proved to be the difference on the night.

“It was the same away at Holland as well, leading 1-0, but lost 3-1. They took their chances that night against some tired bodies late on.

“Northern Ireland has a great history of getting good results when the big nations come to Windsor Park.

“We’ve shown that in the past and a huge part of that is the fans coming together to create a real hostile environment.

“The big nations don’t really like playing at Windsor Park, so we’ll look to get right on top of the Dutch and hopefully a bit of luck will help us along the way to get a good result and take us on to Germany.

“Windsor Park is always bouncing from the first minute you walk out to warm up. The fans drive you on with every challenge, every header, every shot.

“If you give your all and leave it on the pitch then the fans will always clap you off the pitch."

It'll be a tough ask for Northern Ireland, but Evans has belief in the team and knows they are capable of toppling any opponent on their day.

“We know if we give our all then we’ll be in with a chance of winning," he added.

“We’ve been dealt a cruel hand being in the same group as the Dutch and the Germans with only the top two going through.

“It’s going to be a huge ask, and it would probably be our greatest ever achievement to reach the Euros finals in that style.”

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