Evans makes perfect return to Cod Army starting line-up
Match winner, Gareth Evans, says it was important to get back to winning ways against Northampton Town in order to build momentum for their end of season run in.
Evans, who was restored to the starting eleven for the first time since Boxing Day, scored a goal in each half as Fleetwood secured a 2-0 victory over Northampton Town to ensure they kept firmly in touch with the rest of the Sky Bet League 2 promotion chasing pack.
Speaking to the club’s official website following the game, Evans said: “We were really keen to get back to winning ways.
“I’d not started a game since Boxing Day, so it’s been tough. I’ve been banging on the gaffer’s door to make sure he is still keeping me in his mind.
“Eventually you get breaks, he’s put me in today and backed me and thankfully it’s paid off.
“On a personal level it was pleasing (to get on the score sheet), but the main thing today was to get the three points and stay right in the mix for promotion. That’s what we did and we are really happy about that.”
Evans also admitted that although it was important to get Fleetwood’s promotion push back on track, it was vital that Town picked up three points to build momentum ahead of Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy North Final second-leg tie against Chesterfield.
Fleetwood go into the game 3-1 down on aggregate after their first-leg defeat, but Evans admits the players are ‘desperate’ to overturn the deficit and secure their place at Wembley Stadium.
“We did concentrate on today and getting the three points, but we still did have Chesterfield in the back of our minds knowing that, if we did win today, it would be good to take that into Tuesday.
“We’ve got to go there and score some goals at the end of the day, hopefully I will get another on Tuesday and we will progress to Wembley.
“We’re all desperate to go to Wembley; the main aim at the start of the season was for promotion, but obviously a trip to Wembley for all the lads would be excellent and the chance to bring back some silverware would be nice.”
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