Evatt’s twin targets

Ian Evatt celebrates his first goal for 16 months in Blackpool's much-needed win over Brighton.
Ian Evatt celebrates his first goal for 16 months in Blackpool's much-needed win over Brighton.
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IAN Evatt is targeting a perfect week – wins over Leicester and Reading and becoming a dad.

Evatt’s immediate priority is beating the Foxes at Bloomfield Road tonight to maintain Blackpool’s place in the top six.

But in what is set to be a whirlwind week, the centre-half’s next appointment will be at hospital on Friday, when his wife is due to give birth to twins. Then, so the plan goes, he will travel to Reading on his own and tell manager Ian Holloway he is available to play at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The 30-year-old said: “It is going to be a big few days for both me and the team. I’m going to have my hands full. What is nice is that the week started off on a high with the win against Brighton.

“We needed that – the whole place needed it after all the negativity that has been flying around the club in recent times.

“But you write this group of lads off at your peril because we just keep coming back from adversity. We love showing people what we can do. We have nine games left and we all believe we are good enough win promotion. That’s what we’re aiming for.”

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Evatt’s big week couldn’t have got off to a better start – not only claiming three points against the Seagulls but also notching his first goal of the season.

It was his first strike since the Premier League encounter at Bolton in November 2010. “I was delighted but it’s about time, isn’t it?” smiled the centre-back.

“I should be getting more goals, especially for my height, but it was nice to score from open play, which is strange for me. I was venturing forward quite a few times during the game and I could see they weren’t really following me into the box.

“The gaffer has been on at me to go forward like I did when we were previously in the Championship. I managed to get a few goals that season (four) and it is nice to get off the mark.

“Stephen Crainey put the ball in, no-one tracked me and it fell to me in the box. I just tapped it in. “It wasn’t exactly a 30-yarder but they all count. It was a great feeling to get the boys back in the game at 1-1 and to go on and win it.”

Evatt is the only centre-half at the club who looks comfortable pushing forward and it is something his manager will continue asking him to do.

Holloway said: “We mustn’t forget our attacking instincts. Evatt played the initial pass, carried on going forward and scored. That is what I want.

“I want us to be impossible to mark. I want us to be different, to play with gusto and attack.

“I promised it when I first came here and that’s what I’ll keep doing, no matter what people say.”

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