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09:05 5th August 2013

Evans reflects on Deepdale debut

Lee Evans is confident that Wolves will show they have “at least another gear” in their locker in the wake of Saturday’s opening day draw at Preston.

Recently turned 19, the ambitious Welshman once again showed a maturity beyond his years in a composed debut display in a game intensified by the atmosphere of a superb away following greater than any seen in Sky Bet League One throughout last season.

Preston conceded only once in their final seven home games of last season, and will clearly be a tough nut to crack with Kevin Davies also added to the ranks, leaving Evans satisfied with a point although confident Wolves have much more to come.

“I really enjoyed my debut and was delighted to get the nod to start,” he said.

“It was a tough game and a lively game.

“It was also a physical game and I’m not sure we got the best of the decisions from the referee, especially me!

“Going to Preston on the opening day was always going to be difficult so we have to see it as a good point.

“We certainly didn’t want to lose.

“We’ve come away with a draw even though I don’t think we played to our potential.

“We played well in periods but  I think we all know we’ve got another gear at least in us.

“It’s pleasing to come and get a point and go away knowing we can still play better – there is definitely more to come.”

Evans has been in Head Coach Kenny Jackett’s thoughts since impressing during pre-season, but having been given his opportunity, knows he must keep his standards high to keep his place in the team.

He added:  “I’d like to think I can play at this level and it was nice that the gaffer has shown faith in me by selecting me.

“I’ve got to keep playing well to keep my place.

“There is a lot of competition on the bench and around the squad.

“I know if I don’t keep my performance levels up then I won’t be in the team.”

There was probably only one way Saturday’s debut could have been improved at Deepdale.

And that would have been had Evans managed to connect cleanly with Bjorn Sigurdarson’s late driven cross having made ground into the penalty area. 

“I had a chance right at the end and thought I might nick it and it would become a perfect debut!” he added.

“I think it hit their player in front of me and then looped up and hit me on the hand.

“It looked like it might have fallen perfectly but never mind – we’ll take a point.”

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