Evatt: This is for you

Ian Evatt celebrates Stephen Dobbie's opening goal against Burnley.
Ian Evatt celebrates Stephen Dobbie's opening goal against Burnley.
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Ian Evatt has dedicated Pool’s play-off finish to the supporters.

The defender claims the backing from the Bloomfield Road faithful has been better than ever this season and he is delighted to have done them proud by grabbing a top-six finish.

He is also pleased Pool guaranteed their play-off place with a crushing victory over Burnley – after letting the Tangerine faithful down at Turf Moor in October.

Evatt said: “We did it in style and that win was for the fans who went to Burnley when we got beaten 3-1.

“That was a really poor performance in a local derby and we owed our supporters a good display on Saturday to make up for it.

“We also wanted to book that play-off place for our fans because they have been so good and so supportive all season.”


This will be Evatt’s third play-off campaign with the Seasiders, after featuring in the 2007 and 2010 promotion successes.

But the 30-year-old is experienced enough to know there is nothing to celebrate just yet.

He added: “It is another phenomenal achievement by all the players, the staff and everyone associated with this club ... but the season isn’t finished yet.

“It was nice to do a little lap of the pitch after the Burnley game and thank the fans for all their efforts in the home and away games this season. We have a long way to go yet but this team is determined to get there.”

And after keeping a fifth clean sheet in six outings, Evatt said: “The first half was a tough battle and we were pleased to be 1-0 up at the break.

“But in all honesty, the second half was pretty straightforward. When this team gets confident and plays like it can, there is nobody better. The lads have some strong momentum going and are in a good run of form. Hopefully it will continue.”

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