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Evatt Reflects on Barnet Loss

5 May 2018

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Ian Evatt couldn’t hide his disappointment after the 3-0 loss to Barnet this afternoon.

Goals from John Akinde, Richard Brindley and Alex Nicholls sealed a comfortable win for the Bees, and ensured that the already relegated Spireites’ campaign ended on a sour note.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Evatt said: “I’m lost for words a bit really, in the first half we should’ve had three or four goals, and that’s been the story of the season.

“We’ve not defended well and scored enough, the harsh realities – and I’ve said that to the young players in there – are that we are the worst team in the football league, so make of that what you will.

“They’ve got to go home and think about their lives and their careers, you’ve got to dedicate your life to be a footballer, because the rewards are there. But if they want to stay in the National League or at the bottom of League Two and be mediocre then that’s what they’ll be.

“You’ve got to want it and have that desire and commitment and we’ve not had it, and in the second half we’ve shown that again.”

It’s been a tough few weeks for everyone connected at the club, with relegation to the National League as well as the departure of former manager Jack Lester and his coaching staff.

Asked on where he feels the club needs to go from here, Evatt said: “We need to get back into the football league, that’s the first ambition. There are conversations to be had and we’ll go from there.

“I can only speak for the players, and we haven’t been good enough all season, this has got to hurt and effect the players. They’ve got to dig in and come back stronger next season, because that’s where the club and the fans deserve to be and we’ve let them all down this season.”

Today’s match was Evatt’s third in caretaker charge, and despite suffering two defeats in that time either side of Tuesday's 1-0 win over Newport County, he feels that the tenure has wetted his appetite for the role, but he’s not going to rush into a decision on his future, just yet.

“It’s shown me that I can be manager,” he said. “Whether my playing days are over I’m not so sure. I need to sit down and regroup and figure out what’s best for this football club.

“As I’ve said many times I’m committed to this team, football club, town and group of fans, and I’ll give whatever role the club sees fit 110 per cent. Can I be a manager? Definitely, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Finally, Evatt praised the efforts of the 563 travelling supporters, who provided the team with magnificent backing throughout the 90 minutes.

He added: “I’d like to thank all of the fans who came today, they were magnificent, they’ve supported us well all season, and I just hope we can somehow turn it around for them, because we need to make them proud of this club again.”

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