Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw at AFC Wimbledon

  • August 14, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt refused to be downbeat after Bolton threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at AFC Wimbledon.

Trailing to a 20th-minute opener from Will Nightingale, Wanderers rallied back to lead 2-1 at the break through Eoin Doyle (pen) and Josh Sheehan, before Oladapo Afolayan added another within three minutes of the restart.

The Trotters were cruising at Plough Lane but were punished 15 minutes from time as two goals in the space of a minute from substitutes Aaron Pressley (pen) and Dapo Mebude ultimately saw the game end all-square.

Speaking after the final whistle, Evatt believes his team is still waiting to gel completely and although frustrated at events which occurred on the afternoon itself, he was pleased with the overall performance.

"We're ever so disappointed not to win the game," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"At times, I thought we were breathtaking with our football and we looked like we were going to score with every attack. At 3-1 it looked like the game was over.

"Sometimes, as a footballer, you want to do the best you can and even play through injuries. But carrying somebody for that minute or two - we conceded the second goal through Declan (John) not being fit and able to get back in.

"Once we made the change at 3-2, their tails were up and we don't switch on. We had a couple of minutes of sheer madness and lost our composure.

"Having said that, at 3-3 we regathered ourselves, dominated again and could have nicked it at the end.

"We had a stonewall penalty turned down as well, so there are lots of positives. We're frustrated but its another game unbeaten.

"It's how we learn from adversity that will define us moving forwards. I know that group are immensely strong mentally. They've been through a lot together - we have as a group - and we'll be back better and stronger."

Dating back to the final game of last season, Wanderers have scored at least three goals in three consecutive league fixtures for the first time since April 2000.

Such a statistic would normally be something to boast about but not for Evatt, who says he would rather win games of football instead of being involved in back-to-back 3-3 draws.

"Of course I want us to entertain but I don't want us to be the entertainers," he said. "I want us to be winners!

"We have to win football matches, especially when we score three goals in back-to-back league fixtures.

"As I said, there are lots to improve on and lots to learn from.

"In the media, it hasn't really got out what we've been through in pre-season. We've suffered a lot with illness and players are still getting fitter and finding their feet.

"We have to bear with them and I know we've got another 20-30% of improvement in us."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
14 Charlton Athletic 21 26
15 Cambridge United 21 26
16 Bolton Wanderers 21 26
17 AFC Wimbledon 19 24
18 Lincoln City 20 21
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