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Ched Evans on scoring the winner in Rochdale clash

21 September 2019

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Fleetwood Town striker Ched Evans spoke following scoring his second goal of the season, a goal which won all three points for his side against Rochdale on Saturday afternoon.

The 30-year-old netted on his first league start for the club in his second spell at the club. Ash Hunter assisted superbly for Evans to finish with a header into the back of the net, giving Town the vital points on a glorious afternoon on the Fylde Coast.

Rekeil Pyke opened the scoring for the visitors inside the first ten minutes, before a goal from Danny Andrew levelled the score line after a cross in from Wes Burns.

With Joey Barton’s side dominating the match, the efforts were rewarded with Evans’ goal right at the end.

Here is what Ched Evans had to say:

On the match and his teammate Ash Hunter…

“It feels good, obviously it was a hot day today so it was tough on the legs and the body. I thought we kept going until the end. They (Rochdale) had a game plan, nicking the first goal which was disappointing because I feel that in the final third, if we had that bit more quality we would have scored a few more today, but it was important that we got the win today.

“I work with Ash (Hunter) day in day out so I know what quality he has got. He put a similar ball in about five minutes before, which I should have scored from. I got a connection on it which just went past the post. When he chopped in on his right, I knew the ball is coming in, so it is easy for me to make a run.

"We worked on getting the ball wide and getting crosses in, but they sussed that out, and that was the time for us to come through the middle. With Ash (Hunter) coming on, the quality that he possesses and the balls that he can put in the box, it really made the difference today.”

On scoring goals… 

“We were pressing high in the first half and we won the ball back on numerous times. I think a bit more composure for us in the final third, we will score plenty of goals. It will be an exciting season for us, we just have to work on it on the training ground and get better at it.

“Every strikers dream to be scoring goals, so for me, the next stage is being more clinical and for Fleetwood to create more chances and putting them away, whilst also seeing games like this off.”

On the support today…

“The fans turned up today, I thought they were brilliant. The man of the match is always nice to get but for me, three points is always more important.”


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