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Evatt: "I've still got a lot to offer on and off the pitch."

27 October 2017

Ian Evatt has praised the turnaround Jack Lester has brought to the club since arriving and insists that it is only a matter of time before everything starts to come together.

Before Lester arrived however, the club and Evatt himself were enduring a tough time. The experienced centre half was out of the team, and results weren't going the Spireites way.

Evatt reflected: "It was a difficult time for myself, being out of the team and out of the club. These things happen in football.

"It's something now I can come out the other side of and enjoy my football again.”
Evatt has been back in the side in the past month, but says like anyone he's had to impress to get his foot in the door.

He commented: "When a new manager comes in it's a blank canvas for everybody and it's important that whether you're 35-years-old or 17-years-old you have to impress the new manager.

"I'd like to think I've done that and showed that I've still got a lot to offer on and off the pitch."

Despite the Spireites' position in the table, performances have been improving over the weeks, and that's stemmed from the new approach Lester has taken.

"He knows the football club really well and he's come in and identified very quickly the faults. The sharpness and fitness levels weren't to his liking which is completely understandable and right," Evatt said.

"It's a gradual process. It's not easy for the manager to come in and be a miracle worker and turn it around straight away. He's needed time to work on things.”

The Spireites had an open training session at the Proact on Tuesday and Evatt hopes that anyone that was there can see the hard work the players are putting in.

"The lads need to be fitter and sharper, especially with the high press game the manager wants to play. Anyone who witnessed Tuesday would see how hard we're working. You could see how crisp, short and sharp the passing was. It was very good viewing," he said.

Although the team come into this weekend after a defeat against Cambridge United, Evatt has expressed how key it is for the players to stay positive.

He said. "It's important we don't lose confidence from it. You've just got to remain positive and try and concentrate for 90 minutes.

"If we can do that and put a 90-minute performance together we'll end up blowing a team away because the way we're passing and moving the ball at the moment is exciting."

Evatt meanwhile senses that things are finally starting to come together following recent performances. "We can feel it coming, we've just got to stick to it," he said.

"We're starting to dominate games in the right way, as defenders we're starting to get more of a rest. Earlier on in the season it was wave after wave of attacks coming at us and we were having to defend too much. Now we're starting to dictate play and dominate teams."

This weekend the Spireites welcome Carlisle United to the Proact and Evatt notes the importance of giving the supporters a good performance at home.

"It's very important. They've so far been very good to us, very patient. They travelled in their numbers to Cambridge last week and clapped us off the pitch even though we got beat," he added.

"I think they'll be very well organised. It'll be a tough game. I know if we play anything like we can then we'll beat any team in this league, it's as simple as that."


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