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Evatt: "The effort, desire and commitment was there."

29 April 2018

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Caretaker manager Ian Evatt hailed the efforts of his players, despite Chesterfield falling to a 2-1 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers yesterday.

The Spireites took the lead in the game after Bradley Barry’s shot hit the post and rebounded into the net off Wycombe defender Michael Harriman.

The visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time after Nathan Tyson tapped home and Dominic Gape thundered home the Chairboys’ winner in the second half, but Evatt commended the hard work of his players.

“I was delighted. I thought the effort, desire and commitment was there,” he told iFollow. “It’s just fine margins with football, they had a corner in the second-half and we switched off, but I thought the lads were different class.

“I thought we had the better chances and when you’re down the bottom you don’t get the rub of the green which you need. As I said to the lads I was really pleased with their effort and commitment.”

The caretaker manager made four changes to the Spireites starting XI as he wanted to implement his own style on the team.

“We’ve only had two or three days at playing how I want to play and at times it worked, but it’s been a disaster of a season and we’re trying to make the most of it,” he explained.

“Jerome Binnom-Williams hasn’t played for a while and I thought he played the position I wanted him to play really well on Tuesday. To everyone else it would have looked like I went defensive, but Bradley Barry and Jerome were our attackers and we had three/four/five bodies in the box at times.”

Despite the club’s relegation to the National League being confirmed in midweek, the Town fans still turned out in their numbers to support the home side and Evatt admits that they should be proud of themselves.

The former Derby County man said: “We need to get better but I want to say thank you to the fans because they could’ve made it awkward and impossible for us, but they’ve backed us and been brilliant.”

Wycombe sealed promotion to Sky Bet League One with the victory after results went their way and Evatt admits it was hard watching them celebrate on the Proact playing surface.

He said: “That picture’s got to hurt. As a football player that’s the biggest kick in the teeth that you can get when you’re having to watch another team who have got promoted celebrate on your pitch.

“I hope all the lads go home tonight and look in the mirror and realise how much it’s hurt.”

Evatt also thanked the likes of Miguel Llera, Sam Hird and Tommy Lee, all of whom have stepped into coaching roles following the departures Jack Lester, Nicky Eaden, Tommy Wright, Simon Tracey and Jake Simpson earlier in the week.

He said: “They’ve all been brilliant, and I couldn’t have asked for anymore, at the time it’s been difficult but we’ve all got together and chipped in and it’s what we have to do for the last two weeks and try and get two results.”

The Spireites now have two games remaining of this campaign and Evatt hopes he can end the season with two positive results, starting with Newport County at the Proact on Tuesday, 7.45pm.

Evatt added: “As I said we can’t change the outcome of the season, but I can change people’s mood for the summer and hopefully get a result Tuesday night and go Barnet away and win there.” 

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