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Maguire: "That win was for him."

2 May 2018

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Chesterfield defender Laurence Maguire admitted that seeing Ian Evatt as caretaker manager is still taking some getting used to, but it’s a role that he feels Evatt is adapting to very well.

Maguire has started both games since Evatt took charge of the Spireites last week, and he says that the 1-0 victory over Newport County last night was very much for him.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Maguire said: “It’s very strange, but I can see Evo being a good gaffer in the future, and you never know he may be here next year as the gaffer, so it’s strange seeing him in the suit, but he’s been excellent this past week.

“He’s shown a real passion and desire for the football club and I think we showed that in the second half and that win was for him.”

The first half was a largely even affair, with neither side establishing a foothold in the contest, however Evatt changed things at half time, bringing on both Jacob Brown and Robbie Weir and their arrival sparked an upturn in performance, culminating with Kristian Dennis’ 71st minute winner.

“It’s very nice (to finish with a home win), obviously it’s been a very disappointing season, but for us to get the three points and the clean sheet, there’s a bit of a buzz about it, because we’ve not had much of that this year,” Maguire said.

“Ian came in at half time and he said what he needed to say, and you can see what happened in the second half with how we’ve performed.

“I thought the two substitutes were excellent, Jacob and Robbie came on and changed the game, we pressed them and got more rewards and we deserved it in the end.”

Since coming back into the team for the 2-2 draw with Morecambe last month, Maguire has enjoyed a good run within the Town XI, and has impressed in the heart of the defence.

He’s played alongside the likes of Evatt, Alex Whitmore and Sid Nelson during that time, though that hasn’t phased the academy graduate, who also offered his support to Nelson, who withdrew from the game in the in first half, with what looked like a serious injury.

“It’s easy, I’m good friends with both Sid and Alex off the field so which either one I play with, I feel that we’ve done alright,” he said.

“It’s sad to see with Sid going off injured and seeing what he’s done, but he’ll get an x-ray on that hopefully it’s not too bad.”

As one of the more longer serving Spireites, Maguire has seen a lot during his time at the Proact, and he admits that he’s been deeply affected by this season’s relegation to the National League.

He commented: “It’s not good for me, I’ve been here for nine years now and come through the ranks.

“I’ve seen the likes of Jimmy Ryan and Gary Roberts playing well, and the League One playoffs and now sadly we’re playing National League, it’s not good for the football club, but hopefully we’ll bounce back and get promoted.” 

Finally, Maguire also expressed his delight at the inclusion of youth team midfielder Jack Holmes on the substitutes bench for last night’s clash.

The central defender knows all to well what it takes to progress through the ranks at Chesterfield and he moved to hail the work undertaken by the staff at the club’s academy.”

He added: “It’s brilliant (to see Holmes named as a substitute), Mark Smith and Miguel Llera are doing a great job down there, and they’ve got some great players and they scout really well.

“It’s massive for the young boys to get involved with the club, because you need that experience when you get that chance and it makes me happy to see the young players coming through the academy.” 

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