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Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt aiming for his fourth Wembley appearance

18 February 2014

By Tony Leighton

Captain Ian Evatt will be aiming to set up his fourth Wembley appearance in seven years when he leads Chesterfield out to face Fleetwood Town in Tuesday evening's second leg of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area Final.

The former Derby County, Northampton Town and Queens Park Rangers central defender played in three Play-Off finals for his previous club Blackpool.

So it was perhaps no surprise when, at Blackpool's near neighbours Fleetwood in the first leg of the Trophy tie, he came in for some banter from the home fans.

Evatt's response was to hit the opening goal in a 3-1 win that makes the Spireites favourites to reach the final when the teams meet again at the Proact Stadium.

The 32-year-old defender, in the first season of his second spell at Chesterfield, told football-league.co.uk: "That goal was my first this campaign and it was nice to get it because I was getting some stick from the Fleetwood supporters.

"It was a good win for us up there, and with home advantage in the second leg we'll be expected to go through. But the job's only half done, and a two-goal lead can be a dodgy scoreline going into the second leg of any two-leg match.

"After reaching Wembley three times in the Play-Offs with Blackpool, I know the pressure of second legs, so despite that advantage it's going to be a tough night that demands absolute focus from every player."

Absolute focus has not only got Chesterfield to within 90 minutes of a Trophy final against Peterborough United, who beat Swindon Town on penalties after their Southern Area Final finished 3-3 on aggregate on Monday night, but also to the top of Sky Bet League 2.

The Spireites stand six points ahead of the Cod Army, who are fifth in the table heading into what looks like being a close-fought final third of the campaign.

As crunch time approaches Evatt, twice a Wembley winner and once a loser in those Play-Off finals with Blackpool, will use all his experience to help his team complete what would be a notable Trophy and promotion double.

"I've told the lads all about the pressure we'll be facing to achieve our aims," said the defender, "and I'll offer any help I can, especially to the younger players.

"Hopefully we can get to Wembley in the Trophy but then get automatic promotion, which would save us from all the tension of the Play-Offs.

"There will be tension enough in this second leg of our Trophy semi-final. With the score as it is Fleetwood will have to come out all guns blazing, but we can't afford to sit back - we're an attacking team and we must play to our instincts."

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