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Evatt: "We've got to build on the Walsall result"

19 October 2015

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Ian Evatt says Saturday's win at Walsall could be a turning point in the Spireites' season, and that the club must build on the result ahead of tomorrow's visit of Southend United.

Chesterfield ran out 2-1 winners at the Banks's Stadium courtesy of headed goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Evatt himself, before Matt Preston scored a late consolation for the Saddlers in stoppage time.

After the game, Evatt was quick to praise Dean Smith's men: "We had our backs to the wall for long spells in the game, but we showed that we can be resilient and defend well as a team. 

"I thought Sylvan and Lee Novak worked their socks off, and then Jay O'Shea and Dan Gardner who are flair players dug in for the team today, sacrificed themselves and worked really hard defensively."

Chesterfield are the only team to score two goals past Walsall in the league this season, with Chelsea putting four past them Capital One Cup in September, and Evatt says that the result was a long time coming.

"I've been saying for a long time that there hasn't been anything in these games. We've been getting beaten by your Burton Albions and your Wigans in the last minute and there hasn't been a lot in the games. 

"We just needed the rub of the green and today we got that when they hit the woodwork with couple of deflections from long range.

"The gaffer has been on to me all week saying 'it's about time you started scoring'. It was a great ball in and I'm just happy to get on the end of it. It was a goal at an important time of the game just after half time and it killed their momentum."

Evatt also praised the partnership between Chris Herd and Sam Morsy in midfield, noting it to be improving every week and that the team need to keep possession of the ball as well as they did this weekend.

"It certainly helps the back four when you have Chris Herd and Sam Morsy in front of you. When Angel came in we had a good spell of results and we've been looking for that balance again, and now that Herdy is getting fitter it's looking better every game."

"We can't take anything for granted. We'll hopefully have a lot more of the ball of Tuesday and next Saturday than we did here at Walsall and we've got to make that count. 

"We've got to build on the Walsall result, it's important that after a great result like this we build on it for the future."

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