Chesterfield manager Paul Cook praised the ‘amazing’ contribution of captain Ian Evatt in Tuesday night’s win over Cheltenham Town.
Evatt produced another commanding display for his side with several crucial interceptions, clearances and was a vocal presence throughout.
His authority and experience came to the fore when the Spireites had to withstand a barrage of attacks during a frantic second half at Whaddon Road.
The 32-year-old returned to first team duties in October after almost a year on the sidelines with a knee injury sustained while at Blackpool.
And Cook reserved special mention to the central defender who has quickly established himself as an integral part of the team pushing for honours.
He said: “I don’t often single players out but Ian was absolutely amazing. We had loads of good players tonight (Tuesday) but I think there should be a special mention for Ian.
“People forget he was out for a year. That was probably as good a centre half performance as I’ve seen in my career. That’s a big statement from someone like me.
“There’s a long way to go but we’re lucky we’ve got a captain like Ian Evatt. I’m very proud of him to be my captain and I’m very proud to be manager of the club.”
Chesterfield were magnificent during a first half spell which brought four goals in seven minutes and took the wind out of their opponents’ sails.
It was a much-improved performance on Saturday’s humdrum affair at Adams Park where the Spireites went down 1-0 to a struggling Wycombe Wanderers.
“We’re a good side. We always bounce back from defeats,” said Cook. “There were a few harsh words after Saturday against Wycombe.
“I said to the players before the game in team talks, ‘you should know me by now - you should trust me and I trust you’.
“Tonight they’ve given a performance that I think has backed up my trust in them.”