IAN Evatt has dedicated his first goal as a dad to his wife – and says a night in the attic ensured he was in top condition to play.
The popular Seasiders centre-back has had his hands full since becoming a proud father to twins Archie and Layla 12 days ago.
Evatt’s sleep patterns have been disrupted but wife Danielle made sure he was on song for Saturday’s clash with Championship leaders Southampton – in which he headed his second goal in four games to help Pool to a vital 3-0 victory.
The 30-year-old said: “The missus let me go in the attic on Friday night. That was a massive plus because I was thinking to myself, ‘Blimey, I’ve got to play this weekend. How am I going to do that?’ Layla is fine but Archie is a bit high-maintenance ... a bit like myself!
“But my wife is coping brilliantly and is giving me all the support I need to make sure I play well for Blackpool.”
That was certainly the case against the table-topping Saints, in which Evatt headed in Matt Phillips’ second-half corner to seal the 3-0 win.
Evatt added: “We had worked hard on set-pieces all last week. I keep saying I should score more. That is two in four games, so hopefully there are more to come.
“I was pleased with goal because I sucked the defender in. I had been going near post at corners, but at the corner I scored from, I thought I would feint to go near but check and run far instead. The defender followed the near-post run and I had a free header.
“At 3-0 up, we never looked like letting them back in during the last half-hour. We grew in confidence and we were really comfortable against one of the best attacking teams in the league, if not the best.
“They didn’t cause us many problems, which gives us confidence for future games. We have six games to go and it is going to be hard, but if we carry on playing like we did on Saturday we won’t be far away.”