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Evans discuses second CB start vs. Quakes

On his performance: Obviously a couple of mistakes, and you learn from it and you move on, and you don’t repeat those mistakes.

On choosing to play despite the death of his grandmother: The circumstances are what they are. My family would have wanted me to play.

On whether mistakes were related to the position switch or just one of those games: I think one of those games, and like I said before: When you make one of those mistakes at center back, that’s it, it’s pretty much game over. That same mistake at midfield is dealt with and you move forward in the game. The first one, caught between a rock and a hard place. Staying with a man in the box is difficult. If I stay with him and he makes a near-post run, maybe he gets another clear header on goal and he beats me as soon as I turn my head, but in that position I thought I had a good space between where I was and where the defender was. I thought I could win the header. I knew that he was there. The second one,

uncharacteristic, just flat-out my fault. That’ll never happen again. It’s be replaying in my mind four days straight. The third one I probably step up too high, and then I slip and he’s in. Three things that I don’t’ need to watch the tape. I know what happened; I have my own tape in my mind. And when you come out to practice, you recognize those situations and make sure they don’t happen again.

On agreeing to switch to CB as a full-time thing: That always pops into your mind of course. Ultimately I want to be what’s best for the team. We’ve talked about it. We talked about it last year: Mistakes will be made, but we’ll continue to forage on. It’s about learning the position, and I guess it’s good that it’s out of the system early in the season. But obviously, if I’m a coach and those are consistent mistakes that are happening, you have to remove the player. So I know that as well as any person, player, thing does. And maybe there’s a better position for me after all, but time will tell.