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Evatt: "I score like that in training all the time!"

28 November 2016

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Ian Evatt put in a commanding performance as the Spireites picked up a second straight league win against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, and scored the crucial first-half leveller.

Trailing to an early Peter Hartley goal, Evatt swivelled to convert a Connor Dimaio goal-bound effort to put the hosts back on track before two fine Jay O'Shea strikes saw the Spireites to a 3-2 win.

"It was important that we backed-up Tuesday night's victory," said Evatt to PlayerHD. "It was a hard-fought and tough game, they came out the traps really well but we managed to get our noses in front and see it out.

"I'm a senior player now and so I take it upon myself to set the tempo for the lads. They started well so I thought it was down to me to knuckle down and lead by example.

"I care about this football club and where it is at the moment and it's important that we push up the league so I took it upon myself to try and drag the lads on and get the three points."

Amazingly, the defender's strike was his first home goal for the club in over a decade, and the 35-year-old says the whole team need to join in with the goalscoring exploits.

"It's not just down to the forwards to score the goals, everyone needs to chip in," he said. "I score like that in training all the time, believe it or not.

"It's about time I scored, I've not scored at home in 11 years I believe. My last goal was at Saltergate so it's nice to get one in front of your own fans."

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