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Evans - This was special

25 May 2014

Steve Evans post Wembley...

Steve Evans says the feeling of a second successive promotion is a special one. After, his side came from 2-0 down at Wembley to win a nail-biting penalty shootout, Evans said:

“This is special. This is everything that Billy Davies told me that it would be this morning.

“I came in, put myself under pressure, saying we’d do back-to-back and there were the usual dissenters. But we’re going to go up and we’re going to have a fight – we’re going to have a go. 

“We’re not kidding ourselves, there are some massive clubs – Norwich, Nottingham Forest, Derby County.

“We’re going up and we know the size of the task. Nobody said we’d be in the Championship when I walked into the Don Valley Stadium but we’re there and we’re deservedly there.”

Evans was delighted with his side’s response after going 2-0 down before the break after goals from Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox. Despite the setback, he always believed his side could turn the game around.

“I thought we started really well,” he said, “and then they got an unbelievable goal and then we were hanging in. I needed us to go in at 2-0 as daft as it sounds. I needed us not to concede a third goal. I knew when I got in the dressing room I could get in their hearts and souls. 

“When they came out for the second half we were a bit fortuitous I think with the first goal. But I said that if I saw a goal in the play-offs that was better than Joe Garner’s goal for Preston [against the Millers in the play-off semi-final first leg] then I’d wake up a chicken, so I’m going to go and buy myself an outfit!

“We’ve come to London, we’ve come from 2-0 down with spirit and courage won it. It’s the best day of my career, by miles.”

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