Evatt aims to avoid wife’s wrath

Friday, 28, March, 2014
Ian Evatt in action for Chesterfield

Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt has admitted there will be trouble in paradise if he fails to come home with a winner’s medal from Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley.

The 32-year-old is gearing up for his fourth trip to the National Stadium but his first with the Spireites and he admits this is the one which matters most to Mrs Evatt.

“My wife is a big Chesterfield fan so she’ll be kicking my butt into gear to make sure I get my hands on the trophy on Sunday,” said Evatt.

“She’s threatened me with there being no dinner on the table if I don’t win it.”

It’s not just the wrath of his other half which is motivating Evatt to win the trophy on Sunday.

The former Blackpool man experienced Wembley anguish with the Tangerines in the 2012 Championship Play-Off Final and he admits it’s not something he wishes to repeat.

“To be a winner at Wembley twice is fantastic but I’ve also lost there,” the defender wistfully recalled.

“We lost with two minutes to go against West Ham which was heart breaking and it’s something I never want to experience again.”

However Meat Loaf once told us that ‘two out of three ain’t bad’ and, on that basis, neither is Evatt’s record at the National Stadium having won there with Blackpool in both 2007 and 2010.

The latter of those saw the big defender make it to the Premier League courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Cardiff, a day which holds a special place in his heart.

 “Winning the Championship play-off Final with Blackpool was a great experience and one I’ll never forget. It’s something that, as I grow older, I’ll be able to tell my kids and my grandkids about,” Evatt told Wembleystadium.com.

“Wembley is a great place and it gave me the best time of my life.”

Blackpool were underdogs that day with most pundits tipping Cardiff to secure a place in the Premier League.

Similarly, due to their League One status, Peterborough will be many people’s favourites to overcome the League Two Spireites on Sunday.

And Evatt is more than happy for that to be the case especially with Chesterfield having been viewed as something of a scalp for many in the third tier this season.

“We’re happy to be underdogs, it’s a new thing for us this season because of the players we’ve got,” he said. “It’ll be nice to go into a game against a team who will be the favourites and will probably have a go at us.

“If we turn up and play to the best of our ability then we will give them a good game.”

This will be the second time in three seasons that Chesterfield have contested the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final having been winners at Wembley back in 2012 when they defeated Swindon Town.

And Evatt says these trips to the National Stadium are huge for the whole town.

“For a small club like Chesterfield to come to Wembley twice in a couple of years is fantastic and to give the fans a trophy is brilliant,” he said.

“The fans have been brilliant all season for us, they have travelled in their thousands home and away and it’s nice to see we’ll be well supported at Wembley again on Sunday.”