Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at Cambridge United

  • August 28, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt believes Bolton only have themselves to blame, after slipping to a first league defeat of the campaign away at Cambridge United.

Shilow Tracey's 16th-minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Abbey Stadium, as two of last season's promoted teams battled it out in a low-quality encounter.

Speaking after the game, Evatt felt his players dominated despite a difficult opening 45 minutes and admits all concerned need to use the experience as a learning curve for future matches in which opposition teams will look to shut out the Trotters.

"I'm disappointed to lose," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "We had 70-odd percent of the possession and completely controlled the game but we lost it in the first-half with our own sloppiness.

"We allowed them to camp in and keep 11 men behind the ball for most of the game in a low block because we conceded a real poor goal. Against these types of teams, you can't do that and we can't afford to do that.

"Our standards with the ball in the first-half were under-par.

"Every defeat hurts and it should. We didn't get what we deserved but I think we could have done more and I think we can be better than that.

"Did we deserve to lose? No. Did we do enough to win? Probably not.

"That's part of the game. It's a huge learning curve for us that when teams do go into that deep low-block and we find it difficult to break down because there's no real space, we can't concede the first goal. The first goal in these games is absolutely vital.

"It's a completely different game to Lincoln or Oxford who are trying to trade with us punch for punch, where in transition there's space for us to exploit. Today, there wasn't much space but we had to be patient and move them side to side, but we lost that right to be patient because we conceded a poor goal in the first-half.

"We were better (in the second-half). We've controlled it but when teams camp in like that, you don't create loads. So when you do get the pivotal moments, two of three, you have to take them.

"But our crossing detail in the final third was poor - we hit the first man so many times, or overhit it - and then Dapo (Afolayan) had one big chance that we didn't take.

"We'll dust ourselves down and go again. We should have won the game comfortably but we've only got ourselves to blame.

"I feel like we've beaten ourselves rather than being beaten by them."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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