George Evans: Man City loanee pleased with Walsall debut goal

George Evans
George Evans has now scored three goals in his fledgling professional career

Walsall loan signing George Evans only met his new team-mates for the first time when he boarded the coach for Tuesday's League One game at Barnsley.

It proved a memorable away day for the on-loan Manchester City midfielder as he hit the opener on his debut in the Saddlers' 2-0 win at Oakwell.

"It's a good start," he told BBC WM. "One to remember. I'm happy with any goal and the team played very well.

"As soon as I got on the coach, the lads were very welcoming."

He added: "They're a tight-knit group and made it easy for me to settle in. They put in an excellent performance, especially the way they play it out from the back."

George Evans' League One experience
Evans knows League One well from his previous experience at Crewe Alexandra (where he made 25 appearances in 2013-14) and Scunthorpe United (for whom he played 16 times in 2014-15).
He has signed initially on a 28-day loan. He made his Manchester City debut in September, coming on for Yaya Toure in their 4-1 League Cup win over Sunderland.

Walsall manager Dean Smith needed a replacement in midfield after losing Sam Mantom "for a few weeks" with an ankle injury in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Chesterfield.

"He only got in the building on the day of the game and met the lads for the first time when he got on the coach," said Smith. "But he knows us well because we had Ellis Plummer from Manchester City training with us and we also had Jordy Hiwula on loan from City last season as well."

Evans added: "Jordy only had good things to say about the club. We've just got to keep building on this and get more wins under our belt."

Walsall, unbeaten in seven away league games this season, recorded their fifth win on their travels without three other injured players - goalkeeper Neil Etheridge (knee), James O'Connor (tight groin) Andy Taylor (dead leg).

Walsall's George Evans was talking to BBC WM's Rob Gurney.