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Evans: A Fantastic Achievement

Skipper's free-kick sets up Wembley trip

27 February 2019

Gareth Evans celebrates after scoring for Pompey at Bury
Photo: Daniel Chesteron/PinPep

It was his brilliant free-kick that got the ball rolling at Bury.

And now Gareth Evans is looking forward to the chance of competing at Wembley in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis were also on target in the 3-0 victory at Gigg Lane, with all the goals arriving in the second half.

Evans believes that the League Two hosts shaded the opening 45 minutes and was pleased to see the Blues look so strong after the break.

Pompey’s skipper said: “Everyone’s really excited because the opportunity to go to Wembley doesn’t come around too often.

“It’s fantastic for all the lads and everyone involved at the club – it’s something for us to look forward to.

"We were able to cut them open on a few occasions to score some goals and get the win."

Gareth Evans

“We felt that they edged the first half and the gaffer said as much at the break, so we needed to close them down better in the middle of the pitch.

“We’d watched clips of Bury and knew how good they are attacking wise. They’re a really big threat and we had to nullify that.

“That’s what we did and we were able to cut them open on a few occasions to score some goals and get the win.

“Hopefully I can stay fit and the manager selects me at Wembley because as a young lad, it’s something you always want to achieve.

“Now we need to take that second half form into the league – if we do that then we can start to turn some of those draws into wins.”

Evans curled home his free-kick just after the hour mark, although he was not the only one who fancied his chances.

The midfielder said: “Ronan was going to take it and then Browny said he was going to have a go, but I saw the keeper over to one side and just fancied it.

“I knew that I had to put a little bit of curve and dip on it to get the ball over the wall. I knew I hit it well and it was pleasing to see it go in.”

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