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Evatt: "Our team Spirit is there for all to see"

9 February 2015

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Captain Ian Evatt made a return to the Spireites' starting line-up that won 1-0 away to Notts County on Saturday, and he spoke to Spireites Player after the game.

New loan signing Caolan Lavery scored the game's only goal, as he chased down a defender and had fortune on his side as the attempted clearance cannoned in off his shins and into the net to win the game.

After the match Evatt reflected on a difficult, battling but ultimately pleasing match for his side.

“It was tough,” said Evatt. “The surface wasn’t great so it was a battle and when you’ve got someone who’s almost seven foot up front it’s not that easy, but we dug in well. 

"They had a few lucky breaks where the ball bounced for them kindly and Tommy made some great saves but the second half we were more like the team we’ve been.”

Evatt had been out with injury in recent fixtures but he is now fully fit and back in the side.

He said: “I feel great. The boys are doing fantastic and after my calf injury I had to bide my time but the gaffer put me on last week and I ended up getting back in the game. Then today, to keep a clean sheet is fantastic.

“It’s a credit to everyone in the squad. It’s not just about the 11, it’s easy to say it’s about the squad but we’ve got a fantastic group of players. We’ve replaced [Eoin] Doyle with some great players and our team spirit is there for all to see.”

After seeing Lavery score a debut goal, Evatt says he will claim the assist, having played the ball forwards and giving the new man something to chase.

“The ball fell to me,” he said. “I just managed to get it up there to Lavs who’s chased it down, we’ve been looking for a lucky break or two and it went in for us.

Evatt was also full of praise for Charlie Raglan who has slotted into the team seamlessly over the past few months.

He said: “When Charlie signed in the summer if you’d have said to him that he’d have played 12 or 13 games when there’s [Liam] Cooper, [Sam] Hird and myself already there he wouldn’t have expected it, but he’s done fantastically. 

"The way he took being left out today was brilliant and he’s only going to go from strength to strength, he’s the future of the club.

“It’s the gaffer’s decision though. He’s got three good centre halves to choose from and I’m sure whoever plays on the day will do a good job.”

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