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Evatt: "We've got to play as if our lives depend on it."

15 April 2018

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Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt was left devastated after the Spireites' narrow 1-0 defeat to local rivals Mansfield Town yesterday, and has called for the squad to play as if their lives depend on it for the final five games of the season.

In a tightly-contested derby at the Proact, where both sides struggled to create too many clear-cut chances, Mal Benning's second-half goal was all that separated the two sides. 

Evatt made his first appearance for four months after recovering from a knee problem but was unable to inspire the Spireites to victory in front of nearly 8,000 fans.  

Despite putting in an assured performance at the heart of defence, the 36-year-old was understandably disappointed with the final outcome. 

"No one wanted to beat this Mansfield team more than me and I'm just gutted that I couldn't quite galvanise the lads into getting the right result," Evatt said. 

"I don't think either team deserved to win or lose and the game had a draw written all over it but a lapse in concentration and suddenly the game changes for us. 

"That's just the way things are for us at the minute. When you are down at the bottom of the league, you don't get the rub of the green and we certainly didn't get that today." 

Looking ahead, the Spireites return to action on Tuesday with a tricky trip to Exeter City (7.45pm). 

With time quickly running out for Chesterfield to avoid relegation, there isn't any margin for any more slip-ups. 

And Evatt has set the team a target of picking up 12 points from their remaining fixtures. 

He added: "We've got five games left and we need to win four. We've got to play as if our lives depend on it. 

"The lads have got to go home, look at themselves in the mirror and say: 'Are we doing enough as individuals?'  

"I just hope everyone else does that and comes in tomorrow determined to go to Exeter and win the game on Tuesday night."

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