Gareth Evans: Pompey absence has fuelled my fire

Pompey midfielder Gareth Evans Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Gareth Evans Picture: Joe Pepler
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GARETH EVANS told of his Pompey frustration on the sidelines and promised: I’m ready to go.

The attacker has spoken of his hunger to show the Blues what they’ve been missing as they travel to Notts County in League Two tomorrow.

It’s been tough and sitting out is not something I’m particularly used to.

Gareth Evans

Evans is set to return to Paul Cook’s side at Meadow Lane, after suspension kept him out of the past three games.

He admitted his stupidity for the red-mist moment which led to his dismissal in stoppage-time at Cambridge earlier this month.

Cook stated he felt his team had missed the 27-year-old’s quality and industry in his absence.

Now the summer arrival from Fleetwood is gunning to show what he can add to the side against the Magpies tomorrow.

Evans said: ‘It’s been tough and sitting out is not something I’m particularly used to.

‘It’s over now and I’m glad about that.

‘It’s something I want to put behind me and to start the game against Notts County would help me do that.

‘I’ve been training every day and on the treadmill in the gym. You’re not playing so I’ve been keeping my fitness topped up so I’m ready.

‘It’s pleasing if the gaffer has said we’ve missed me. It’s nice to feel wanted and be back in the fold.

‘It’s up to the manager if he puts me back in or not.

‘He will look at what they (Notts County) have got down their left-hand side, I suppose.

‘He’ll look at whether it’s myself, Rommy (Boco), Kal (Naismith) or whoever who is suitable to counteract whatever they’ve got.’

Evans admitted there was no defending the recklessness of his foul on Elliot Omozusi against the U’s.

He explained his frustrations were mounting throughout the game before he lost control of himself with seconds remaining.

Evans promised he will not change the committed and hard-working play which has made him a popular figure in 14 appearances so far.

But he knows he has to be careful of letting any anger get the better of him.

‘I got the ball and turned in midfield. As I did it, I was fouled and the ref had given me nothing all game,’ said Evans.

‘So that was the straw that broke the camel’s back – and that was it.

‘I lost my head and it was stupid, but you live and learn.

‘I had a conversation with the manager. He wasn’t happy I was going to miss three games.

‘That was the main thing from him and that was the punishment for me.

‘I do put my foot in, but when I do tackle I tend to get sent off. So maybe I should stay on my feet a bit more.

‘Being committed and working hard is something I’ve always had. It’s a part of my game I’ve always had.

‘It’s giving 100 per cent and not coming off the field feeling I could have given a bit more. That’s the worst feeling, so it’s just the way I play.’