Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat to Crewe Alexandra

  • September 08, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt believes a first win as Bolton Head Coach isn't too far away, despite suffering a 3-2 defeat to Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Trophy.

11 days after the visitors registered a resounding 3-0 win at the University of Bolton Stadium in a pre-season friendly, they took the spoils in competitive action this time - as a brace from Mikael Mandron and a further strike from Owen Dale saw them pick up maximum points in the opening group fixture.

Ryan Delaney and substitute Shaun Miller were on target for Wanderers, who were also beaten in the Carabao Cup this past Saturday, but Evatt insists focus will now quickly turn to Forest Green Rovers and beginning the League Two campaign on top form.

"It's tough to take again," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"I'm frustrated because we had enough chances in the second half to win two or three games.

"We shot ourselves in the foot again - a set-piece again and a goal-kick again - then to be robbed by a third goal which was clearly offside is frustrating.

"However, I'd like us not to leave it in the hands of officials and rely on them to make decisions - which they should make. I'd rather us recover, track runs and make sure we see the danger out that way rather than relying on a linesman making the right decision.

"There are loads of positives. Yes, I'm frustrated but we're not far away.

"It's not like we're being played through and teams are creating numerous opportunities. We're conceding goals from our own concentration, dead ball situations, which can be worked on.

"They have got some very good young players and, speaking to their manager, lockdown probably helped them because a few of their young ones would have been bought by bigger and better clubs. They're going to be a good side and a handful this season.

"I want to win and I feel like a win is just around the corner. Hopefully we're saving them for Saturday when the league campaign kicks off. We all know how important the league campaign is this season."

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