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Northern Ireland put in a valiant performance during their Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands, drawing 0-0, but this was not enough to stand a chance of going through the group.
Despite the disappointment, the players should be applauded for the performance they put in, as if Steven Davis’ penalty had gone in it could have been different for them.
There was plenty of grit in their performance, something that Leicester City centre-back Jonny Evans epitomised.
The 31-year-old has been part of the Premier League’s tightest defence, conceding just eight goals, something he translated to the international stage.
He made 4 clearances, 2 tackles and blocked 1 shot, while also winning a total of 4 duels throughout the match.
His on-the-ball performance also gave an indication of the nature of Northern Ireland’s showing.
In the Premier League, he averages a pass success rate of 87.2%, but completed just 58% of his balls during this game, highlighting the fact Evans can play in scrappy games, as well as helping to execute Brendan Rodgers’ slick style of play.
Leicester look to move the ball around to work the space and create opportunities, as signified by the fact that 86% of their passes are short, while only 7% of their goals have come from counter-attacks.
Excelling in that style, then going into a side that managed just 30% possession against the Dutch, and being just as solid, indicates his adaptability as a defender.
Despite the level of performance, Evans and his Northern Ireland teammates will ultimately leave this one disappointed, without a place at the landmark tournament in 2020.