Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at Shrewsbury Town

  • October 06, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt praised a number of his younger players, despite defeat at Shrewsbury Town seeing Bolton crash out of the EFL Trophy.

Evatt made nine changes to the team that started in victory over Harrogate Town this past Saturday, with the likes of Ronan Darcy, Adam Senior and Regan Riley all receiving playing time at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Trailing to first-half strikes from Ryan Barnett and Jason Cummings, Senior netted his first professional goal to make sure the tie remained a contest in the final half-hour and although an equaliser wasn't forthcoming, Evatt wasn't too downbeat after the full-time whistle.

"I think we were the better team," Evatt told the Manchester Evening News.

"There were some young players that have really come out of their shells - Regan Riley's debut and there were some other good young players - we had three or four academy graduates in the team.

"We should have won the game, there's no two ways about it. We've missed a penalty, we've missed three or four comfortable simple chances and given them two goals.

"The second one, I'm not going to going to be too bothered about because young Regan is still learning the game, that's his debut tonight and that can happen. The first one was poor, we misplaced a pass under no pressure.

"Football's a cruel game sometimes and they'll learn a lot from that, especially the young ones. Second-half we've dominated and definitely should have won the game against a very strong Shrewsbury team.

"The league campaign is the most important thing but we saw this game as opportunity to have a look at the other ones and they've done themselves no harm, especially the younger ones.

"They've come in tonight, they've really excelled and done really well against a strong League One outfit, should have won the game so there's lots of positives to take.

"This club is heading in the right direction."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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