Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at Sheff Wednesday

  • October 09, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt was at a loss for words as to how Bolton lost to Sheffield Wednesday, believing his team were completely dominant at Hillsborough.

Lee Gregory scored the only goal midway through the second period as Wanderers saw their three-game winning run come to an end with an all too familiar result.

Prior to that run of fixtures, the Trotters had scored eight goals in their seven previous outings - yet somehow failed to score in five of those.

Speaking after defeat over the Pennines, Evatt admitted his players still need to improve their game, with the most important aspect being the ability to develop a killer instinct.

"It's hard for me to stand here and criticise because how they've performed out there today, and the way they've performed, gives me immense pride," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"To come here and dominate the game for the entire 90 minutes, to have chance after chance and play that way, is absolutely brilliant.

"They've changed shape to start the game which is credit to us and they've tried to change shape during the game to stop us, but they couldn't. We were still cutting through them, creating lots of chances but today we just didn't take them.

"The performances haven't changed, bar probably Cambridge when we were under-par. Every other game we've created that many opportunities and in some games we're scoring four or five, and then a game which looks exactly the same we're scoring none.

"We have to make sure that we make teams pay and not let them off the hook, and we've let them off the hook today.

"I think they were lucky for the entire game but sometimes that happens in football. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve and our players didn't get what they deserved today.

"But we'll pick them back up, we'll keep our belief and confidence. We've got a big local derby next week to attack and try to win.

"I leave frustrated but I need some time to think, to take the emotion out of it and rewatch it. I'm sure I'll see lots of great things and lots of positives, but when you don't win games that you've dominated it always leaves a bit of a sour taste.

"We haven't got what we deserved but that's our own fault, we just didn't take our chances.

"I've just said to the players that it doesn't matter what stage of their careers they're at, whether you're a young player or an experienced player, my pledge to them is that me and the other coaching staff will improve them.

"We feel that they are still improving. They're still young, still developing and the detail in some of our play is excellent. It's top quality and it's hard to deal with.

"Darren (Moore) is a fantastic man and a very good coach, but they couldn't find the solutions today. For us, it's just that ruthless and clinical edge that we need to have in the final third.

"I think we've dominated from start to finish. They had one shot in the first-half which Joel (Dixon) saved comfortably, and they've had one shot in the second-half which is a goal. We got sucker punched - we've dominated and just got hit with one counter attack.

"There are lots of positives to take. There is a lot of pride in that performance, lots of good things, so we'll keep our heads up and keep going."

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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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