CORRY EVANS believes Northern Ireland can approach next year’s Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs with confidence after going toe-to-toe with Holland on Saturday night.
Though Rangers midfielder Steven Davis missed a penalty in a goalless draw at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland put the Dutch under pressure in the early going and were rarely threatened themselves.
The result closed the door on any lingering hopes of automatic qualification before their final Group C fixture against Germany in Frankfurt on Tuesday night, but Northern Ireland will now wait for Friday’s draw to discover who they will face in the play-offs next spring.
And Evans feels there is little to fear after they threatened to shock the Dutch in Rotterdam last month before two stoppagetime goals inflicted a 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture.
“Overall we can be pleased,” the Blackburn midfielder said. “We have shown in the two games against Holland that we are more than a match for them and we have to take confidence from this and carry it forward.
“We are all frustrated but as a team I think we have shown how far we have come. We more than matched Germany and Holland in the three games we have played them and we will take that into Tuesday night’s game.”