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Saturday delighted Evans, now Accrington

25 November 2013

Man of the match relishing Lancashire derby

The Cod Army make the short trip to in-form Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night in what is sure to be an entertaining Lancashire derby, and Saturday’s man of the match Gareth Evans is relishing the task.

“We’re definitely confident. The only thing that has dented our armour in the last few weeks is the result against Northampton, but we’ve put that behind us now with this result, and we’ll take confidence going into Tuesday and hopefully get the win”.

Evans was delighted to get back to winning ways against Mansfield last weekend- albeit by doing it the hard way.

Evans was a constant thorn in Mansfield’s side and bagged himself a brace to take his league tally to four goals this season.

The former Rotherham United player set the ball rolling after just twenty seconds – one of the fastest goals seen at Highbury for many a season.

Talking after the game, Evans said: “The gaffer’s been on at me to get in those sort of positions as much as I can and I scored a similar goal against York a few weeks ago where I got into that position. 90% of the time it’s not going to fall for you, but at that one time it does, you need to be there and I was, so luckily I was on hand to tap it in”.

The right sided midfielder then added his second of the game in the 64th minute with a crashing effort which left Stags keeper Alan Marriott with no chance.

“I celebrated like we’d won the three points, but about ten minutes later they went and nicked another one and I went off shortly afterwards, so  I was certain we were going to see the game out. However, they pulled another one back after a couple of mistakes from us again and it was 4-4 and I thought that’s it now, we’ve drawn the game, but Blairy (Matty Blair) showed a great bit of quality to win the penalty and Sarc (Antoni Sarcevic) tucked it away and we’re really chuffed”.

Having lost in the dying moments at Northampton the previous week, Evans was pleased to see his side nick a winner in the most dramatic of fashions: “We were keen to rectify last week and in some ways we did that, but in others we didn’t. The positive from today’s (Saturday) game it is that we’ve scored five goals to get the three points and we couldn’t be much happier really”.

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