Evans joins Fleetwood goal machine

Gareth Evans celebrates
Gareth Evans celebrates

Gareth Evans is delighted to have become a part of Fleetwood Town’s midfield goal machine.

The former Rotherham man bagged the winner on Saturday as Fleetwood battled past a rugged Bury side 2-1 to go third in League Two.

And with Jeff Hughes, Antoni Sarcevic and Matty Blair having already hit the target this season, Evans credited boss Graham Alexander for ensuring the goals were spread around.

He said: “The way the gaffer has got us playing, we create chance after chance.

“I think it shows in the stats that everyone across that midfield is scoring goals.

“If we can keep going, that’s what a promotion-winning team do and it’s great to be part of it.”

Evans slotted home at the back post to secure a second consecutive home win for Fleetwood after being set up by Jeff Hughes.

The 25-year-old joked his team-mate might have been lining up to shoot himself, rather than laying the ball off.

“I’m not sure Jeff Hughes meant it,” he said. “But it just sat up nicely for me. Your eyes light up when that happens and it was just there to be finished, and luckily it was me who got the chance.”

The win over Bury was the latest in a run which has seen Town’s fortunes in front of the Highbury faithful undergo a dramatic transformation.

From January to April they managed just two wins, a feat they have repeated in just eight days.

Evans said: “Back to back wins was something we were desperate to achieve. After the performance againt Torquay, we just wanted to carry things on.

“We were unlucky to go a goal down and be chasing the game.

“The gaffer said at half-time just to keep doing the things we were doing and I think we did him proud. We came out after half-time, put ourselves to it and were rewarded with two goals.”

Bury’s goal, from Tom Soares, came very much against the run of play but Evans was pleased to see Fleetwood heads didn’t drop.

He said: “I thought we dominated posession, dominated the play and had a lot more chances than them. They just got a lucky break and scored.

“It was a sucker punch really but we were happy to just keep playing the way we were playing and it’s paid off.”

The winger may have grabbed the winner but his strike was overshadowed by Fleetwood’s leveller, a tremendous blast from outside the box from the in-form Sarcevic.

And even Evans, watching from the other flank, admitted being stunned.

“It’s a fantastic goal,” he said. “From where I was it was unbelievable.

“I just can’t believe how hard he’s hit it, to be honest.

“It was something we needed to spark us into believing we were going to win the game.

“There’s no better way to do that than the way Sarcevic did.”

Next up Town make the long trip south to play Portsmouth, a club which five-year-ago was playing in the top flight and in an FA Cup final. With Fleetwood in good form, it should be a hard-fought contest.