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Chesterfield boss praises debutant Evans

Ched Evans scored on his debut. Credit: PA

Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson praised Ched Evans' impact after the striker made a scoring return to professional football.

The 27-year-old equalised with 14 minutes left to rescue a 1-1 draw at Oxford and mark his first game since 2012 following a jail term.

Evans was jailed four years ago for rape but had the conviction quashed in April and is awaiting his retrial which is set for October 4. He has pleaded not guilty.

Wilson was reluctant to discuss the significance of Evans' return - with the ex-Sheffield United man jeered by home fans - but instead preferred to praise his new forward, who signed an initial one-year deal in June, for earning a point.

Everybody was nervous today, I was nervous.

Ched had two good chances before his goal, he was just a little ring-rusty. Possibly half way through the season he might have buried them but he always comes up. I was saying to Chris Morgan (first-team coach) we had to keep him on because he'll score.

He's not played that many minutes and sometimes you think it's right to give him a rest but we know he's going to score if he gets a chance. That's what you want, that threat.

He's got through 80 minutes of the game and that's good from our point of view. We have a tough game at Rochdale on Tuesday but the point buoys us going into that.

– Danny Wilson



Police arrest man over alleged assault on Chesterfield player

Ian Evatt used to play for Blackpool. Credit: PA

Police investigating an alleged assault on Chesterfield player Ian Evatt have confirmed that they have arrested a man.

Preston North End booked their first trip to Wembley since 1994 on Sunday afternoon by defeating the Spireites 4-0 on aggregate in the League One play-off semi-finals and their supporters celebrated by rushing on to the turf at the final whistle.

Evatt was then surrounded and claimed he was punched, kicked and spat on during the pitch invasion.

Evatt, a former defender for Preston's bitter rivals Blackpool, provided Lancashire Police with a statement detailing his account of events.

The 33-year-old gave an account of what happened to BBC Radio 5Live: "It's well reported I'm an ex-Blackpool player. After the final whistle the Preston fans invaded the pitch. I was gathered around by a couple of hundred fans at least, shouting abuse, spitting, I got hit and kicked a couple of times."

Electrical fault caused house fire that killed four

A house fire which killed two women and two young brothers is believed to have been started after an electrical fault, a fire service investigation found.

Jordan Green (left) and Tyler Green died in the house fire on November 20.

Jordan Green, 12, and his nine-year-old brother Tyler died with their mother Josie Leighton, 32, and her friend Claire James, 27, in the blaze in North Wingfield, near Chesterfield, on November 20.

In a statement, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Thorough investigations point to an accidental fire caused by a fault in electrical wiring between the ground and first floor of the property.

"Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service would once again like to convey its thoughts and sympathy to the families of the deceased at this very distressing time."

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