Midfielder George Evans was pleased with his side’s resolve and his first goal for the club as they twice came from behind to earn a point against Fleetwood Town.United fell behind inside three minutes, but equalised on 45 minutes thanks to Gary McSheffrey. Scunthorpe went 2-1 down in the second half, but responded quickly through Evan – as he notched just his second professional career goal.
“I thought the lads played really well today,” he told The Iron Player.
“We’re a little bit disappointed we didn’t get the win, but the lads put in a great performance and we played some really good football.
“It’s obviously difficult when you concede early on, but the lads’ fightback was fantastic today. We showed great spirit, we trusted one-another and I think we played some really good football.”
Evans restored parity for the second time in the game just minutes after the hosts had taken the lead, feeding onto an Osbourne pass to drill the ball low and hard into the bottom left hand corner; with the Manchester City loanee dubbing the goal as an “enjoyable goal to score”.
“I was obviously delighted to get my first goal for Scunthorpe,” he continued.
“Hopefully there will be many more to come. Ozzy (Isaiah Osbourne) laid it off well for me and I hit it nicely. It was an enjoyable goal to score.
“I mis-hit a few tonight, so it was nice for one of them to find the back of the net after Ozzy had teed it up for me so well.”
Arguably the midfielder had the most chances in the game and more chances in front of goal than he has in his other games for the club so far – but the loanee was pleased with the one that did go between the posts to earn his side a point.
“We’ve shown good signs of creating chances tonight,” said Evans.
“It can only be a good thing. We’re creating chances and getting into the right areas. It will eventually come where we get even more goals coming in.
“Hopefully we can just turn those goals into wins now and keep going and hopefully concede fewer goals, which is something we are definitely capable of. Fleetwood are a good footballing team. It’s been a good footballing game and we’re disappointed not to have come away with three points today.”
The Iron had four penalty shouts in the second half all waved away by referee Nigel Miller and while Evans admitted that some could have been given, he stated no one at the club would dwell on the decisions as they look to the next league fixture.
“It’s gone now, so I can’t really comment on it, but cases where we could have had a penalty,” he stated.
“We’re disappointed about those shouts, but there’s nothing we can do about them now. We’ve got to keep going and move on. It’s the referee’s decision at the end of the day and there’s nothing we can do about that.”
Evans returns to former club Crewe Alexandra at the weekend, but will be in the away dressing room. Nevertheless, the midfielder is thriving on a return to Gresty Road.
“I’m really looking forward to going back there,” said Evans.
“Crewe was a great club for me and I really enjoyed my time there. Obviously, I’ll be going back there with Scunthorpe, so I really want to go there and get the win for Scunthorpe.”
Evans has just two goals to his name in his professional career, with the other coming for his former loan club. He couldn’t differentiate the sentimental value between the two, but he stated that he will always rate the goals highly.
“I can’t say which one was better. The goal at Crewe was in a derby against Port Vale and was my first professional goal, so it will always be special for me," he added.
“I don’t score too many goals to be honest, so every goal is quite special to me.”
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