Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw at Exeter City

  • January 12, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt was pleased with Bolton's response after they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Exeter City on Tuesday.

Having fallen behind to a Ricardo Santos own-goal shortly after the hour at St James Park, Wanderers drew level with a little under 20 minutes to play as Arthur Gnahoua marked his return from injury with an equaliser just two minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Speaking after the game, Evatt admitted he was satisfied with a point on the road but expressed his frustration once again that his team only began to play their best football after conceding the opening goal.

"There wasn't a great deal in the game," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"The first-half was about two big chances - one for each team. They've hit the post and Eoin Doyle has gone through for us and they've cleared it off the line.

"Second-half, again there wasn't a great deal in it. It was a tight affair and they got the goal through bad defending from us.

"We made changes, sprung into life and for 20 minutes we were massively on top. We got the goal and then could and should have got the second. We have to score in our good spells, especially away from home.

"I'm pleased enough with a point but that 20-minute spell of domination towards the end probably deserved that little bit more.

"It's a long way, they're a good team and it was a difficult surface. The lads have fought and given everything. We had enough opportunities on the break but we just didn't quite get it.

"I'm really pleased. A point is the least we deserved.

"We had a game plan. We worked on things and changed the shape.

"There weren't many chances in the game. We looked tight and compact, and the one sloppy bit of defending they scored from.

"We raised our game but we need to make sure, again, that it's not taking the opposition to score for us to play with that intensity and desire. When we do, we're unstoppable - you saw that in the last half-hour against Crawley. If we can start like that, we're going to win more games than we lose."

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8 Exeter City 31 50
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