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Evans happy to return, but frustrated by defeat

Midfielder hopes to kick on following lengthy absence

27 December 2017

George Evans spoke of his disappointment at being on the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat on his return to the starting line-up at Bristol City on Boxing Day.

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Having been put on from the start for his first appearance since a Carabao Cup tie against Swansea back in September, Evans was understandably disappointed to not make a winning return to the team.

He didn't believe there was much to separate the two sides on the day at Ashton Gate, though, saying: “We’re disappointed with it. I thought we had a good first half, we were solid and obviously they’ve scored a great goal.

“We’re still in the game at 1-0 and we were very disappointed not to go and get the win.

“I think we battled well, we dug in and I thought we were very comfortable, especially in the first half. They scored a great goal and we were still in it at 1-0 down, but we needed to take our chances and try to keep a clean sheet as well.

“We had our chances but, likewise, we need to start keeping clean sheets in this league as well. It’s both ends of the pitch we need to improve on."

Having been absent for more than three months prior to his return on Boxing Day, Evans was happy to pull on the blue and white hoops once again following injury.

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Despite having the experience soured by defeat, Evans hopes to bring his contribution to the team in this vital festive period of fixtures.

“On a personal level, there’s no better feeling," he said of his return. "I’ve had a frustrating three months, and there’s no better feeling to go back out there and put the shirt on and be back out there with the lads.

“We’ve got to improve again, we need to go again at Barnsley on Saturday and get three points there, definitely.

“It’s difficult going away in this division, especially at Christmas because it’s a very important period for us.

“It’s about getting momentum and obviously we’ll be going there looking for the three points, 100%. So we just need to regroup, reflect on the game, work out what went right and wrong and go to Barnsley and put it right on the pitch.”

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