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Evatt: "It's been a long time coming and it's a great feeling."

19 October 2017

Ian Evatt was rightfully delighted as the Spireites bounced back from Saturday's defeat to beat Crawley Town 2-0 on Tuesday. Goals from Kristian Dennis and Jordan Flores were enough for Chesterfield as they secured a long-awaited win in the league.

The players have found things tough so far, this season, but since manager Jack Lester arrived at the club the Spireites have found new confidence, something exemplified by Tuesday's display.

"It's been a long time coming and it's a great feeling. I thought the lads were excellent tonight, we stuck exactly to the game plan and what we've been working on in training.

"The gaffer has come in and implemented some new things and it definitely paid off tonight," Evatt said.

Saturday's result was extremely disappointing, but a game so soon after gave the team the perfect platform to bounce back.

Evatt commented: "Football always gives you a second chance. I thought second half Saturday we played really well. We could have scored five or six on another day.

"We really dominated the game and it was a sign that we're starting to get what the manager wants."

This season has been hugely challenging so far and after the win Evatt used it as an opportunity to praise the supporters.

"It's been a difficult, uneasy and nervy start to the season,” he told iFollow. “The fans have been fantastic, they've stuck with us, they've travelled in their numbers again tonight and we've finally given them something to shout about."

As well as getting among the goals, it was important for the side that they kept a clean sheet against Crawley. After conceding some poor goals this season, Evatt applauded the defensive display on Tuesday.

"It's been a frustrating time for everybody. We've conceded too many goals, not from the weight of pressure or teams cutting through us but sloppy goals.

"We've just got to cut out these silly mistakes that are costing us. Tonight, we did that, it's great to get a clean sheet," he reflected.

Evatt has been restored to the team since Lester took over and after a solid display against Crawley he thanked the new manager.

“Since the manager's come in he's given me the confidence back, to concentrate on my football and I've shown that I'm still a good player. I love playing for this football club," he said.

With Cambridge United at the weekend, it is important that the squad doesn't become complacent after their win.

Evatt stated: "We've got to build on this and start to put a run together to get us back up the table. It's been horrible to look at the table and see us 92nd out of 92 league clubs.

"It's hurt me personally so hopefully now we can change that and start to move up the table."


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