Spireites captain Ian Evatt believes his defensive partnership with Liam Cooper is making strong progress and is working well in limiting opposition chances.After Saturday's 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers, the veteran centre half spoke about his return to Chesterfield to partner Cooper. He said: “When I spoke to the gaffer in the summer that was one of the reasons he wanted to bring me in. I had a very good tutor when I was here last time, Steve Blatherwick taught me a lot of things about the game.
“Hopefully I’m doing the same with Coops, every week he seems to be getting better and hopefully we’re forming a good partnership. As a centre half you only get better with age. He’s got all the tools he needs, he just lacks that experience but that’s going to come. Hopefully I’m teaching him one or two things.
“Teams are only creating one or two shots a game against us which is phenomenal and when they do that Tommy saves it anyway.”
Saturday was Chesterfield's fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions and the 32-year-old believes the strong defensive performances shouldn't just be attributed to the back four. “It’s about partnerships, we’re building a good foundation. It’s not just the back four, the boys up top are working their socks off as well," explained Evatt.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of games but we haven’t been doing the ugly side of the game in recent months. We’ve been coming off it and letting teams have chances. Even though it wasn’t a great performance today, we dug in and showed that we’ve got the character and the solid base that any good team has.
“We need 11 captains out there and that’s what we’ve got at the moment. We’re a squad that’s very much together and hopefully that shows on the pitch.”
The Spireites second goal came from a well worked corner routine with Armand Gnanduillet rising above everyone to power the ball home from an inch perfect Gary Roberts cross. Evatt paid tribute to the work put in on the training ground leading to the striker's goal.
He said: “Before the game we spoke about their zonal marking and we’re a big side now: Ollie Banks, Armand Gnanduillet, myself and Liam Cooper. A running jump beats a standing jump, we know that and it’s something we worked on in training and it paid dividends.”
The captain then commented on his own desire to get on the scoresheet and the team's progress in achieving the targets set out at the start of the season. “It’s going to come, I’m desperate to score. I’m delighted to be back here and fit again. We’ve got a great squad of players with great staff and hopefully we can prove everyone right," said the captain.
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