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Evatt: "It gives us a fighting chance."

6 March 2017

Captain, Ian Evatt praised the way Chesterfield executed Gary Caldwell’s game plan to come away with a dramatic victory at Swindon Town.

Reece Mitchell came off the bench to score a 93rd minute winner to send the Spireites fans and players into delirium, and the defender praised the impact of all three substitutes, who helped push the team on to get a crucial three points against a relegation rival. 

“It’s massive, it gives us a fighting chance,” said Evatt. “The Gaffer’s set us out all week with this game plan and it’s worked to a tee. 

“We’ve conceded a lot of possession but we thought we’ll soak that up and hit them on the break in the last 20 minutes and we certainly did that. 

“We can bring on the likes of Ched Evans and Dan Gardner to sway the game in our favour and it’s paid off and we got a last minute winner and we keep on fighting.” 

Evatt was also pleased with the way the team reacted to last weekend’s disappointing defeat against Oxford United, and believes the players showed their true colours at the County Ground. 

“Everyone was gutted from last week. It simply wasn’t good enough from anybody,” he commented. 

“We had to come out fighting today, everyone wrote us off, but we showed a bit of fight and maybe another couple of wins and we’re right back in it. 

“So we’re just going to keep fighting and we’ve shown today we can do that.” 

It’s now three unbeaten on the road for Caldwell’s men however Chesterfield have only picked up one point at home since he took charge. 

The Oxford game aside, the team’s defensive performances have been good which Evatt feels is part of the reason why the Spireites have been strong on their travels.

“I think sometimes at home it’s your responsibility to take the game to the other team whereas away from home we can soak things up and hit people on the break,” he explained. 

“We’ve defended really well apart from the Oxford game and we’ve shown that again today with the way we defended and attacked when we could. 

“A last minute goal, that’s great enough for any footballer and those sort of moments are what we live for and play for and it was great to see everyone playing together,” added Evatt.

Games continue to come thick and fast for the Blues with the rescheduled trip to Walsall to come on Tuesday night, and the 35 year-old is hoping the same levels of commitment and spirit are carried through into the remaining matches. 

He said: “We’ve just got to do the same thing simple as that. 

“The lads have shown 110% desire and effort today and that’s what we need for the remaining games. 

“It will be a fantastic achievement to stay in this division and we’re doing everything we can to do that.” 


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