SPIREITES: Skipper Ian Evatt believes Chesterfield FC are finding their feet again

Crewe Alexandra vs Chesterfield - Ian Evatt hpowers a header towards goal - Pic By James Williamson
Crewe Alexandra vs Chesterfield - Ian Evatt hpowers a header towards goal - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield skipper Ian Evatt believes the Spireites are finding their feet again.

Evatt will lead the Blues in to battle on Saturday to take on Barnsley in front of a bumper crowd at the Proact Stadium on the back of three consecutive clean sheets.

A goalless encounter on the road against an improving Crewe Alexandra side offered signs of encouragement for Chesterfield supporters who travelled again in numbers.

Their vocal presence didn’t go unnoticed either with both Evatt and Spireites manager Paul Cook paying tribute to the 844 souls that braved the elements in Cheshire.

Chesterfield came flying out of the traps and went close to finding a breakthrough on a handful of occasions but had to settle for a point at a cold and damp Gresty Road.

The draw extends the Spireites’ sequence of one league win in eleven but the performance pleased Evatt, who thought his side were unlucky not to claim all three points.

He said: “As a defender it’s great to get three clean sheets on the spin. I thought for the first half an hour we were excellent, played some really good stuff and looked like the Chesterfield of old.”

“We all needed to up our game, we were conceding too many goals but we looked a threat going the other way. It wasn’t just the back four it was the whole balance of the team, probably going a little bit gung-ho, especially away from home.

“We’ve tweaked a few things, obviously Sammy (Morsy) and Jimmy (Ryan) are a massive part of keeping clean sheets as well. Charlie (Raglan) has been brilliant, he’s a young man learning the game. We had a setback at Doncaster but since then he’s taken his chance.”

Raglan, a summer signing from FC United of Manchester, has started the last three and Evatt praised the 21-year-old’s attitude since he made the step in to the professional game.

The two have partnered each other at the heart of Chesterfield’s defence at Doncaster Rovers, Braintree Town and Crewe - among six different centre-back partnerships for Chesterfield this season.

“For long spells last season it was me, (Liam) Cooper and (Sam) Hird, it’s difficult when you’re chopping and changing the back four week in week out.

“It’s tough but we’ve adapted well and we’re finding our feet again, we’ll keep working hard on the training ground and hopefully keep more clean sheets,” added Evatt.