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"Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick did a superb job in protecting the defence and we kept the ball pretty well which limited the threat from them."

- Jonny Evans
24/02/2009 23:32, Report by Gemma Thompson, in Milan
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Evans praise for midfield duo

Having struggled with an ankle injury in the lead-up to the Champions League clash with Inter Milan, Jonny Evans was more pleased than most to receive some added protection during the Reds' goalless draw at the San Siro.

The Northern Ireland defender was given a pain-killing injection before kick-off and at half-time to ensure he was able to take the place of the suspended Nemanja Vidic in the starting line-up.

Alongside Rio Ferdinand, Evans made sure it was a quiet evening in the attacking third for Jose Mourinho's men, but the 21-year-old was quick to highlight the contribution of the men immediately in front of the backline.

"Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick did a superb job in protecting the defence and we kept the ball pretty well which limited the threat from them," Evans told ManUtd.com.

"They didn't really have many chances, but the kind of players they have are capable of making something out of nothing so you've got to be fully concentrated all the time.

"We're very disappointed not have scored an away goal especially when you look at the chances we had in the first half when we got in behind them three or four times.

"But it's not a bad result and we go to Old Trafford full of confidence. We have to make sure we win - it's a simple as that."

With Evans and his defensive colleagues not giving Inter's attackers a moment's peace, he Reds enjoyed the lion's share of the possession and made full use of the surprisingly large areas of space afforded to them throughout the pulsating contest.

"Tactically we set out to get at them," says Evans. "Ronaldo and Ji were out wide, whereas they played very narrow in a diamond shape.

"We used the width

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