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Cedric the Senior

1 September 2016

Defender aiming for another clean sheet in Crewe clash and keep spirits high!

Cedric Evina said he feels like one of the elder statesmen at Doncaster Rovers these days as the current young crop try to make their name at Keepmoat Stadium.

Full back Evina, at 24 years of age, was four years older than anyone else in the Rovers side that finished Tuesday night’s game against Mansfield Town.

“I’m one of the older players now and I’m only 24!” he joked ahead of a trip to face Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

“We have a good bunch of lads that have been here a few years – me, Copps (James Coppinger), Butts (Andy Butler) and a few others – and we all really get along. 

“The players that the gaffer has brought in are nice lads so there’s no bad blood or anything.

“It’s important to make the new players feel at home.”

Evina is nine years younger, however, than latest recruit Frazer Richardson. The 33-year-old former Leeds and Rotherham defender has been brought to the club on a short term contract and will look at add to an already resilient rear-guard that has conceded just once in over 400 minutes of football!

“I know of him, he’s a good experienced player, a good addition to the squad and I think he’ll do well for us,” Evina said.

“We’ve been working hard defensively – and offensively of course – but it’s good to have that defensive base. The last few games we’ve managed to have a settled back four which has helped so we just want to keep the momentum going.

“When you believe in what you’re doing then things seem to go for you.

“We’re not thinking about last season, we’re thinking about Saturday, going there and getting three points. It’s a new season and we’ve got one aim and that’s to win. 

“They (Crewe) will be thinking the same - they’ve got some good players. It’s a tough game like every game in this league but it’s a game we go in to with confidence because we’ve won our last four but we’ll respect them.”

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