'˜I'm fed up of watching other teams celebrating in front of us'

Ian Evatt and his relegated players are desperate to avoid watching another team celebrating come 5pm tomorrow afternoon.

Friday, 4th May 2018, 8:45 am
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The Spireites were forced to watch on as Sheffield United marked their League One title on the final day of last season.

And a week ago Wycombe fans invaded the Proact pitch to salute their players after securing promotion from League Two.

A Barnet win over Chesterfield at the Hive tomorrow, coupled with defeat for Morecambe at Coventry, would allow the Bees to complete a remarkable escape from the drop.

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The Spireites’ caretaker boss, pictured, is in no mood for more joyous scenes.

“I’m fed up of it,” he said.

“Seeing Wycombe celebrate here on Saturday, last season it happened as well, I’ve just had enough of teams celebrating in front of us.

“I want to be the ones celebrating .

“Obviously we’ll have nothing to celebrate on Saturday but we can certainly enjoy winning a football match, which we need to do.

“We’ll be going all out to try and do that.”

Evatt wants his players to use the experience of seeing Wycombe party at the Proact as motivation tomorrow.

“We certainly don’t want them having pitch invasions, celebrating in front of us because it hurts too much and it’s got to hurt,” he said.

““If you’re the ones being relegated, you’re the ones who have lost the game and teams have been promoted or saved themselves from relegation. That’s really got to be the fire in your belly.

“I don’t want to see that again come five o’clock on Saturday and the lads don’t either.”

Evatt will be without a trio of players for the trip to Barnet.

Andy Kellett has a slight hamstring problem, Chris O’Grady continues to struggle with his back and Sid Nelson has returned to Millwall for treatment.

The charismatic centre-half, who was on loan from the Lions, suffered a suspected broken hand and fractured fibula in the act of stopping a goal on Tuesday night against Newport.

Nelson collided with the post a split second after hooking the ball off the line.