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Evans delighted after scoring on his Town return

25 August 2019

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Summer signing Ched Evans spoke to the club following his goal and second debut for Fleetwood Town in their 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon at Highbury.

The Welshman rejoined the Cod Army on a permanent deal in the summer, and after hard work on the training ground, Evans was rewarded with a goal in the Lancashire derby.

After replacing Paddy Madden in the second half – who scored the opening goal of the game, the 30-year-old doubled Town’s lead from the penalty spot after Josh Morris was fouled in the penalty area.

Here is what Ched Evans had to say:

On the goal and his return to the squad…

“I am happy with the goal today, I had a couple of chances but I am just delighted to have scored the goal, maybe should have had another. I am pleased with the result, it has been a great start to the season and the most important thing was getting 30 minutes under my belt.

“I took a few penalties last season so I just wanted to carry on from that and I just had to strike it well today. With the new rules about goalkeepers not being able to come off their line, it gives the penalty taker an advantage and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net.”

On the match against Accrington…

“The game was balanced and at 1-0, both teams are in the game and we know Accrington were always going to be a threat, especially with their long balls over the top. I thought we defended well and I knew we were going to be a threat on the counter and when Wes [Burns] picked up the ball he picked out Josh and that’s where we got the penalty from.

“This season we have more senior players in the squad and that helps with experience in these types of games. We were more resilient today and that was shown throughout, as well as our chances and compared to last season, we are taking more chances and putting them away.”

On being unbeaten at home…

“It has been a great start to the season and if we take it forward with Highbury being a horrible place for other teams to come to, I feel we are going to be in and around the top this season.

“If you look at our bench for the game, we had Alex Cairns, Kyle Dempsey, myself and Ash Eastham and there are players out there to make a difference and that is important.”


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