No 'hard-man' option for Evans over hail

Published Thursday, 19 December 2013
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Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans has no problem admitting he was quick to head for the dug-out as his club side Manchester United faced "the hardest hailstones ever" against Stoke City.

No 'hard-man' option for Evans over hail
Players run from the pitch during a hail storm at the Britannia Stadium. (© Getty)

The two teams met in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup tie at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, but were forced off the pitch by a hail storm.

While some felt the players should have 'manned up' and simply braved the inclement conditions, others legged it to the dugout before referee Mark Clattenburg actually took both teams back to the dressing rooms until the weather improved.

Clattenburg said the action had to be taken as he couldn't see the players and Evans agreed that visibility had been a problem.

"It was crazy conditions - the wind was blowing hailstones into our eyes," the defender said.

"You couldn't keep your eyes open, which meant you couldn't see.

"You're torn about whether to stay on and give it the hard-man look or just get to the shelter of the dug out - I made a beeline for the dug-out."

They were the hardest hailstones I have ever felt.

Jonny Evans

The action was halted for nearly 10 minutes, but was luckily able to resume - although perhaps not so luckily for hosts Stoke, who eventually lost out 2-0.

The result means three wins in a row for Man United and three clean sheets, which is particularly good news for Evans.

He isn't taking his place in the side for granted though.

"It's only four games in a row I've played now and there have been some injuries. It's been the same scenario over the past couple of seasons. You can't look too far ahead," he said.

"You have just got to keep playing as well as you can. Hopefully everyone remains injury-free - then you give the manager a selection dilemma."

Stoke City and Man United players struggle amid a hail storm.PIC: Stoke City and Man United players struggle amid a hail storm. (© Getty)

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Richard in Ireland wrote (120 days ago):
"You couldn't keep your eyes open, which meant you couldn't see". I love it!
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