There is more to come from Ched Evans according to Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson after he scored the Spireites’ third goal in a comfortable win over Swindon.
After Gary Liddle and Jay O’Shea had given Chesterfield a 2-0 half-time lead, Evans made the game safe with his second goal in as many games in the league despite a late consolation from Darnell Furlong.
And as he continues his return to football after a four-year absence, Wilson only expects him to get better.
He said: “Ched’s a very good player and he’s what we expected. I think he’ll do better as he gets match-fit as I hope the whole team will.
“It’s important to get your first home win under the belt and it takes a little bit of pressure off you.
“I thought it was a very good performance. All we could do is show our discipline in our defensive work and I think we showed that as the game went on.
“We offered them very few chances and I think that was down to our cleverness and playing with our heads rather than with brawn.”
Wilson added: “We could’ve had more goals to show for it but I thought their goalkeeper was outstanding for them. We can’t be too disappointed with three goals and three points, particularly in your first home game.
“If you sit off a team that have the quality that they have then they’ll punish you, even if they are young lads. I think you saw that late on where we looked a little bit jaded and our passing got a little bit sloppy at times.
“The three points are well-deserved, I don’t think anyone was complaining about that.”
The 3-1 result was arguably flattering to Swindon, who were grateful to keeper Lawrence Vigoroux for keeping the score down.
Chesterfield made a strong start and Evans’ header was palmed brilliantly onto the post by Vigouroux after only five minutes.
Swindon should have gone ahead moments later but Luke Norris’ tame effort could only find the grateful arms of Ryan Fulton.
Midway through the half, Chesterfield deservedly took the lead. Vigouroux made a brilliant double save from Evans’ free-kick and Sam Hird’s follow-up but there was nothing the Swindon keeper could do to stop Liddle heading into the empty net.
Swindon boss Luke Williams had Vigouroux to thank for keeping the score respectable but after a push on Evans in the box deep into first-half injury-time, O’Shea fired in Chesterfield’s second from the penalty spot.
Paul McGinn looked set for his second goal in a week but opted to pass rather than shoot when put through by Ariyibi. McGinn wasn’t made to rue that missed opportunity for long as Ariyibi went past three Swindon defenders to reach the touchline before pulling the ball back for Evans, who tapped into the empty net.
Yaser Kasim fired over from substitute Jermaine Hylton’s pull-back with ten minutes to go in a miserable day all-round for the visitors. Loanee Furlong marked his Swindon debut with a goal but it did little to dampen the mood on a dominant performance from the Spireites.
Chesterfield: (4-4-1-1): Fulton, McGinn, Hird, Liddle, Evatt, Gardner (Jones 72), Evans (Dennis 90), Nolan, Donohue, O’Shea (Mitchell 82), Ariyibi. Subs not used: Raglan, Dimaio, Simons, Allinson.
Swindon: (3-5-2): Vigouroux, Thompson, Sendles-White, Thomas, Kasim, Rodgers, Doughty, Barry (Furlong 57), Ottewill, Young (Stewart 57), Norris (Hylton 21). Subs not used: Iandolo, Goddard, Brophy, Henry.