Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Win at Stevenage

  • November 21, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt was pleased with Bolton's performance against Stevenage, whilst admitting there are still improvements to be made.

First-half goals from Eoin Doyle and Ali Crawford set Wanderers on their way to a third consecutive victory in all competitions, but they were made to work for the three points in the second period after Tom Pett had reduced the deficit in the closing stages of the first.

Speaking after the game, Evatt expressed his frustration at the timing of that conceded goal but says he was delighted to see both the attacking and defensive side of his team excel in a deserved win at the Lamex Stadium.

"I'm pleased with 89 minutes of it," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"We started the game really well, got ourselves ahead with two very good goals and then a minute's lapse in concentration where they get the goal just before half-time makes us work a lot harder in the second-half.

"One minute's lapse cost us 45 minutes of hard work so we need to learn from that and make sure we see the half through.

"2-0, as we know, is a susceptible scoreline. The next goal can always change the flow of the game but the way we stood up in the second-half was excellent and we had moments on the counter-attack when we could have put the game to bed.

"I was brought in to create this brand and identity, and all of a sudden we're starting to see glimpses of it.

"A big thing is that we've got players fit and available at the moment. Competition is good, whether it's in the 11 or the 18. We've left players out again today so it can only be good for us if we're driving standards and improvement on and off the pitch.

"You have to win games in different ways. It's not always going to be sweetness and light.

"The first-half was excellent with the ball and a minute's lapse in concentration made them have to dig in the second-half, but it is pleasing to see the way they dug in, rolled their sleeves up, won headers and second balls - that's the ugly side of football that you have to do."

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