Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw with Mansfield Town

  • November 03, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt insists he will turn the tide at Bolton, despite seeing his side drop to 20th in League Two after a late draw against Mansfield Town.

Antoni Sarcevic scored a late equaliser for the third time in his last five games as Wanderers rescued a 1-1 draw against the Stags, who had gone into the game winless in league competition and without a manager following the dismissal of Graham Coughlan.

Speaking after the game, Evatt admitted he was frustrated by another 'inconsistent' display but retained belief that things will improve as his squad of new players continue to gel.

"I thought we controlled it in the first-half but obviously we're lacking a bit of firepower due to injuries," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"People are playing half-fit. Nathan (Delfouneso) put his hand up and came and put a shift in for us because we're light on numbers.

"We had control. We forced a good save from Sarce (Antoni Sarcevic), Ali (Crawford) had a couple of well-worked opportunities but didn't take them.

"There wasn't a lot in the game but second-half we didn't start well at all. We were on the back foot and I thought we got overrun a bit in midfield physically.

"Then we conceded a goal from a corner so we made a change to try and get another body up the pitch.

"To be fair to the lads, they kept going which was pleasing. We didn't get beat, which is a positive, but we still need to be playing better than that.

"It's disappointing. We can look at excuses like people being out injured or being half-fit, but it's the same for every team. We have to be better as a group, collectively.

"After Saturday we wanted a reaction. Did we get one first-half? Probably but second-half, not so much. It's that inconsistency again but we'll keep going.

"There were some excellent performances. I think Sarce was great, Rico (Ricardo Santos) was magnificent and Ryan Delaney has really stood up in recent weeks. If the rest of them can have their drive and determination we'll be okay.

"We've got to figure it out and get together quickly, keep working hard on the training pitch and hopefully it will change sooner rather than later.

"It's always disppointing when we don't win because I want to win. This club deserves to win football matches because it's been through some rough times.

"We've now got an ownership group who have taken this club on and want it to be a success again, but they want it to be sustainable and not have any issues like we've had in the past.

"We've hit the reset button, we've got 22 new players.

"We all wanted to be favourites for the league - me more than anyone - and you have to believe that because there's no point entering anything unless you believe you are going to be the best.

"Are we the best at the minute? No. We're very much a work in progress. It is going to take time but we will get it right."

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