Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Win Over Liverpool U21

  • October 05, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt was delighted with the response of his players, after Bolton overcame Liverpool U21 in the Papa John's Trophy.

Evatt made 10 changes to the team that began against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, with Elias Kachunga the only one remaining from that weekend win.

Arran Pettier and Mitchell Henry were introduced as second-half substitutes, while George Thomason and Brandon Comley impressed in midfield, leaving Evatt in no doubt as to the progression the club has made since his appointment as manager in June 2020.

"It was a good game," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "I really enjoyed it as a coach because they cause you problems.

"Some of the rotations were excellent. Obviously, they're really well coached and it took us a bit of time to figure it out, figure out where and how we needed to press.

"Once we did, we gained control, put some great deliveries into the box and obviously there were some great finishes.

"Credit to them, I thought they made it a good game. It was technical, tactical and it was everything you want. Hopefully the fans that came, bar the downpour we got in the second-half, enjoyed themselves.

"Credit to our lads, their attitude and application was first class. Sometimes that may not be the case in these types of games but they showed good application and good quality at times.

"It was great to give young Arran Pettier his debut - he'll remember that for the rest of his life. Mitchell (Henry) came on again and did great, so there are lots of positives.

"Elias (Kachunga) has played Saturday/Tuesday for the first time in a long time, so it was just 45 minutes for him and we increased Baka's minutes for Saturday and the rest of the season because he's a big player for us."

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