Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw with Morecambe

  • February 09, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will appeal the red card shown to Marcus Maddison, who was dismissed in Wanderers' 1-1 draw with Morecambe on Tuesday evening.

Leading 1-0 courtesy of Eoin Doyle's 11th goal of the season, the Trotters were reduced to 10 men on 73 minutes when Maddison, who had come on as a substitute for Arthur Gnahoua shortly after the hour, was dismissed by referee Oliver Langford following a 50/50 challenge with Shrimps midfielder John O'Sullivan.

The visitors would go on to equalise and take a point from their trip to the University of Bolton Stadium, leaving Ian Evatt once again frustrated with the decisions of match officials.

"It's two points dropped," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"I think we were in complete control of the game. We had all the possession, controlled the tempo and the red card has completely changed the game. It's cost us two points.

"Against a team that is in the play-offs, we completely controlled and dominated.

"We brought the lads (Maddison and Oladapo Afolayan) on to win us the game and I thought it was only a matter of time before we scored two or three.

"The referee has made a call, I believe, on reputation more than anything else. He's sent Marcus off with their players surrounding him, which is not acceptable. You're not allowed to do that and hopefully people look at it.

"I've had a look at it. He goes in with his left foot and wins the ball clearly. Their lad has gone into him the same, and his momentum has took him through.

"Sometimes his reputation will do him no favours with stuff like that but hopefully we can appeal it and the right thing will happen, but it doesn't get us our two points back."

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