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EVANS EXCITED BY EXETER TEST

27 January 2017

In-form Grecians heading to Fratton

Saturday presents a welcome opportunity to return to the pitch for Gareth Evans.

He was left frustrated by the cancellation of last weekend’s League Two game at Crawley, due to frozen surface.

It means that the Blues have not been in action since they beat Leyton Orient at Fratton Park a fortnight ago.

So Evans is excited about the chance to face an Exeter side who have gone nine matches since their last defeat.

He said: “We were gutted that the game was called off last week, so we’re looking forward to Saturday.

“There are benefits to the postponement, like the lads getting a bit of rest into their legs, but I’d personally rather be playing.

“It was frustrating, although we know Crawley did all they could to get the match on and there were a couple of other fixtures off nearby.

“We’ve watched some clips of Exeter and they’ve obviously had a good run of form. They look impressive, especially in an attacking sense.

“They’re not shy about scoring goals at the moment, so we know it’s going to be tough at Fratton Park.

“They were scrapping around the bottom of the table earlier in the season, but now they’re revitalised and will provide us with a stern test.”

Evans has been converted to a right-back after filling in there against Crawley back in September and is in no rush to vacate the position.

He said: “I’ve got used to it a lot more and am enjoying playing there. It’s more of an attacking role with the way our gaffer likes to play.

“There’s still been the opportunity for me to get some assists and goals, so I wouldn’t be upset if I stayed there for the rest of the season.

“I’ve had to work on my defending a lot more and that’s improved as a result, so it’s added some versatility to my game.”

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