He believes Chris Hughton's Newcastle side face a battle of much greater proportions than the one which saw Ian Holloway's side on the end of a 4-1 defeat back in April.
Speaking to the club's official website, 28-year-old Evatt, part of the side beaten in last season's Championship race, spoke frankly about the team's performance.
"I think last year we were maybe the rabbit in the headlights, we just weren't ourselves on that day," he said.
"We were in a great run of form before and after that, but that day we just let ourselves down. We were a team last year learning new things and I think we've come a long way since then. We've got a lot of new players that need to bed in, but they're all settling in really well."
With the likes of Marlon Harewood and DJ Campbell signing for the club on long term contracts, Evatt believes the success of the club can continue in the same vein as last term.
Speaking about new arrival Craig Cathcart - formerly of Manchester United - Evatt added: "He's been a different class, I really enjoy it [playing along side him in defence].
"He's a really nice lad and a really good footballer. It's really good for the team that we're signing players of his quality, and to sign him at 21 years old is something that will bode well for the future."
The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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