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16/10/2013 16:12, Report by Adam Marshall
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Nicholl backs Evans

play. I've met the fella and met the family and he'll just knuckle down and get on with it. 

"Jonny will be hoping he can get in and stay in because you've really got to be at the top of your game all the time at that level.

"When there's a change of manager, you can't rest on your laurels. You've got to keep your hopes up and your confidence as high as you can and keep training hard."

Evans started the Capital One Cup victory against Liverpool, when he helped keep a clean sheet alongside Chris Smalling in the 1-0 success, and made his opening Barclays Premier League appearance of 2013/2014 in the defeat to West Brom.

The centre-back's first outing of the season was also against the Baggies in the Under-21s' victory at The Hawthorns in late August when he earned praise from Reserves coach Warren Joyce for his contribution.

"Jonny did it properly," commented Joyce at the time. "He didn't have a great deal to do but I said to the other players that he was very focused, very positive and very aggressive. He won it and played it simple, doing the things he had to do well with good concentration."

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