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Evatt: "Any Point Away from Home is a Decent Point"

17 November 2014

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After helping his side keep a third successive clean sheet Spireites skipper Ian Evatt gave his version of the afternoon's events at Crewe Alexandra.

The Spireites started the encounter in buccaneering fashion but after failing to break the deadlock were forced to settle for a point as Crewe Alexandra grew into the game in the second half.

However, the captain was pleased that his side are now starting to show a defensive solidity.

He said: "As a defender, from our point of view it's great to get three clean sheets on the spin. We were unfortunate not to win today, I thought for the first half an hour we were brilliant, we played some really good stuff and we looked like the Chesterfield of old.

"It's a solid base again and any point away from home is a decent point. We've had a bit of sickness in the camp this week, I was very sick last week and close to not playing.

"We've come here, dominated the game for large periods and were unlucky not to win."

Evatt thinks the defensive improvement comes from a determination to get things right and says the whole team works together to keep things tight.

He said: "It's down to hard work, we've all needed to up our game as we were conceding too many goals but looking a threat the other way.

"It's not just the back four, it's the balance of the team. We were probably going a bit gung-ho, especially away from home.

"We've tweaked a few things, and Sam Morsy and Jimmy Ryan are a massive part of keeping clean sheets as well, we've done well in the last few weeks.

With Charlie Raglan recently coming into the side, Evatt has had another central defensive partner to adapt to, something that he says takes time to get used to.

Evatt said: "It is hard, for large spells last season it was just me Liam Cooper and Sam Hird and it's difficult when you're chopping and changing the back four week in, week out.

"It's tough, but we've adapted well now and we're just finding our feet again. We'll keep working hard on the training ground and hopefully keep more clean sheets."

Finally, the defender drew attention to the large travelling Spireites support and explained how the first team responded to seeing such an army of fans.

He said: "When we walked out I said to the lads to look at the support, we couldn't let them down today and I don't think we did."

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