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EVANS ENJOYING HECTIC RUN

4 March 2016

Winger likes crowded schedule

Pompey are currently in the middle of an exhaustive run of seven games in the space of just three weeks.

The squad also have to deal with the disappointment of conceding a late leveller at Exeter on Tuesday night.

But Gareth Evans is straining at the leash ahead of the Blues’ visit to 20th-placed Stevenage this weekend.

And the winger – who has fully recovered from a hamstring injury – says that the Blues have to remain positive.

He said: “The games come thick and fast at the moment, so you can’t dwell on the previous one too much – you just have to move on.

“It’s a tough run at the moment, but I prefer playing to training, so don’t really mind that.

“We need to see games out better than we have been recently – I think that’s there for everyone to see.

“You have to play without fear and stick to your identity – if you can’t deal with the pressure of being at a big club like this then you shouldn’t be here.

“Negativity is not helpful for anyone, so we just have to distance ourselves from that and play our own way.”

Evans has netted eight goals this season, but was recently usurped in the scoring stakes by first Marc McNulty and then Conor Chaplin.

He said: “Conor’s been winding me up about this! But I’m not bothered who scores the goals really.

“As long as the ball’s going in the back of the net then I couldn’t care less who it is that puts it there.

“Conor’s got that instinct. We saw that at Exeter on Tuesday and the players see it every day in training.”

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