Manchester United Jonny Evans makes honest admission after Northern Ireland defeat

The defeat for Northern Ireland all but ended any hopes of qualifying for the European Championship next summer, with just three points from their first five qualifying fixtures.

Andraz Sporar gave Slovenia the lead within the opening three minutes of the match, and despite an equalisier from Issac Price, goals from Petar Stojanovic and Benjamin Sesko put the hosts 3-1 up at half-time.

Evans gave his side hope with a goal after the break, but Sporar&aposs second goal of the game ended any faint hopes of a memorable comeback win.

Speaking after the game, Evans gave an honest verdict of his own performance, in which he struggled defensively from the start.

“I didn&apost think I played great myself. I know I got a goal, but my own personal performance probably wasn&apost up to scratch,” he said after the defeat. “I&aposm experienced enough and wise enough to admit that. We can&apost be giving away cheap goals at the start of the game like we did.

“It was difficult to take in terms of the defence. That&aposs something we have always been solid and quite strong with. Even during the game, I was thinking this is not a typical Northern Ireland match, especially away from home.”

Evans, who earned his 103rd cap on Thursday, feels he and the other experienced players, have a crucial role in helping a young side move forward over the coming months.