Euro 2020 qualifiers: Jonny Evans wants history-making win against Belarus

Craig Cathcart, Evans and George Saville
Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans and George Saville all started the 2-1 win over Estonia in Tallinn

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has called on his team-mates to make history by beating Belarus in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.

A victory for Michael O'Neill's men would mean Northern Ireland starting a qualifying campaign with four straight wins for the first time.

NI came from a goal behind to beat Estonia 2-1 in Tallinn on Saturday and make it nine points from nine.

"That was the target and we're on track," Evans said.

"We talked before about it being almost like a mini group and could we get maximum points from these four games.

"We know how tough the remaining four games against two top sides will be, so we want to put ourselves in a good position.

"Germany and the Netherlands still have games to play and catch up on, so it's important to get that head start."

Substitutes secure success

Northern Ireland's outlook would have been very different but for late goals from Conor Washington and Josh Magennis in Tallinn as Michael O'Neill's side scored in the 77th and 80th minutes to snatch victory.

"Plenty of times in the past we wouldn't have found a way back into that game, but we have a way of playing now and a structure about our game and team shape," Evans added.

"We know we've got to keep playing our game. Yes, we can mix it up a bit as well and go more direct if we have to - that's always been a strength of ours in the past.

"It's great to have different options."

Substitutes rescued Northern Ireland on Saturday, with Washington and Magennis starting the night on the bench, as did Jordan Jones who got the assist on Magennis' winner.

"I think Michael has talked about that and it's probably the strongest our squad has ever been in terms of depth," Evans added.

"Michael has tough decisions to make all the time and it's probably the toughest period in his international career to pick a team but that's a good sign for the squad."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 8th June 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England220010196
2Czech Rep210126-43
3Kosovo20202202
4Bulgaria302134-12
5Montenegro302137-42

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine32107167
2Luxembourg31114404
3Portugal20201102
4Lithuania201123-11
5Serbia201116-51

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland33006249
2Germany22005236
3Netherlands21016333
4Estonia200214-30
5Belarus300318-70

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland32103127
2Switzerland21105324
3Georgia31023303
4Denmark20204402
5Gibraltar200204-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary32015416
2Croatia32015416
3Wales21012203
4Slovakia21012113
5Azerbaijan200225-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain33008269
2Sweden32108447
3Romania31117524
4Malta310226-43
5Norway302167-12
6Faroe Islands3003310-70

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland33004049
2Israel32108357
3North Macedonia31114314
4Austria310235-23
5Slovenia302123-12
6Latvia300318-70

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey33008089
2France32018356
3Iceland320134-16
4Albania31023303
5Moldova310228-63
6Andorra300306-60

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium33008179
2Russia3201143116
3Scotland32014406
4Cyprus31026423
5Kazakhstan310237-43
6San Marino3003016-160

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy3300110119
2Finland32014226
3Greece311145-14
4Bos-Herze311145-14
5Armenia31024403
6Liechtenstein3003011-110
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