Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at Walsall

  • December 12, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt was disappointed with the manner of Bolton's defeat at Walsall, claiming they should have had the game won by half-time.

Eoin Doyle's eighth goal of the season had given Wanderers a 13th-minute lead at the Banks's Stadium, but goals either side of half-time from Elijah Adebayo and Rory Holden gave the Saddlers all three points.

The Trotters, who were on the verge of the play-off places at 1-0 up, drop four places to 16th in the League Two table after their latest loss and Evatt admits he was displeased with certain aspects of his team's game.

"Disappointment sums it up," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "I think we should have been out of sight in the first-half.

"We've controlled the whole first-half. We counter-attacked fast and well, scored a good goal and had another disallowed.

"We never looked in any danger and then right before half-time we switch off. Whether it's a foul or not in the corner is up for debate but we switch off. We don't deal with a cross in the box, it's 1-1 and the whole momentum shifts.

"We come out for the second-half and didn't take responsibility. We slashed a clearances, didn't defend the box well enough and end up losing a game which we really should have won.

"They're a big, strong, physical team that are direct and a handful. They put you under pressure but you need to stand up to it, then when you get the ball back you need to be calm and composed.

"We weren't - we were passing responsibility, slashing at clearances. Then we huffed and puffed, hit the post and had one or two other bits but it's disappointing because we should have been out of sight in the first-half."

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