Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat to Wigan Athletic

  • October 16, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt offered no excuses for Bolton's performance, as they were beaten 4-0 by Wigan Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Will Keane, James McClean (2) and Callum Lang were on target as Latics recorded their biggest-ever away league success over Wanderers, on an afternoon where the home side were below-par in almost every department.

Speaking after the game, the Trotters boss felt his side were taught a harsh lesson and admits they need to regain some confidence after a 'safe' display against their near neighbours.

"It was really tough," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "It was humbling, really. Credit to them, they were excellent, but we just weren't ourselves.

"We weren't at the races. We looked nervous, lacked belief and confidence, and we've let a lot of people down.

"We've had three injuries this week and a couple that have had to play through the pain barrier because we're light on numbers but that is what it is. When you're a few light against a good team, they can make you pay and today they did.

"We conceded a really poor goal from a mistake and that can happen - it wobbled us.

"The frustrating thing from my perspective is that we just lacked confidence and bravery. The way we play, you have to have belief and bravery and I thought we were too safe, too negative and fearful at times.

"I understand it's a big game and there's going to be nerves but that isn't a stop sign. You have to push through that and stick to your beliefs, stick to the way you are coached and the way we play.

"Today, we knew what was coming. They were no different to what we thought but we were completely different to how we've been of late. We have to look at that and we'll go again.

"We need to be better. They're at the top of this division and that's what the top of this division looks like. If we want to get there, that's how we have to be and today we weren't good enough. There's no excuses.

"We lost the game last week but the performance was outstanding. We don't become a poor side in a week.

"We've got injuries but that means opportunities for other players. These players are the ones that come knocking on my door and asking why they're not playing. Well now is the time to step up and we've got an opportunity on Tuesday to put that right, but we can only apologise to our support because we've let them down today."

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