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Evatt Assesses Coventry Defeat and His Fitness

21 September 2015

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A mainstay in the Spireites defence this season, experienced centre back Ian Evatt gave his opinion after Saturday's loss at Coventry City.

Unable to build on what was a controlled start to the Ricoh Arena match, the much-changed Spireites lost by a single Adam Armstrong goal scored just after the interval.

"It feels disappointing to lose 1-0," Evatt said. "They're a good side, so are we, but I just don't think on the day we created as much as we might have done.

"They were always liable to nick a goal and they sat back and played like an away team. We should have been better in possession all over the park and we should have been more incisive and played more quickly."

In a visibly leaner and stronger shape this season, Evatt spoke about his fitness, stating that it's a key factor behind his strong personal start to the new campaign.

"My fitness now sees me a lot better and sharper than I've been for many years," he explained. "I'm pleased with myself and the way I'm going.

"I've still got a lot to offer, I keep saying that, and I'm going to keep working hard with my diet. My nutrition's now a lot better, I've learned about that through players like Ritchie Humphreys and fitness coach Mal Purchase - I'm probably as fit as I've been for eight or nine years at the moment.

"Fingers crossed I can keep these things going and we can start getting the results we deserve because I do believe that this team has improved since last year, but it's going to take a while to get everyone settled and 100% fit again, ready to move forwards."

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