Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw with Stockport County

  • November 07, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt felt Bolton shot themselves in the foot after they were taken to an FA Cup first-round replay by non-league Stockport County.

Dave Challinor's side took the lead against the run of play at the University of Bolton Stadium when Scott Quigley put them ahead on 23 minutes, but Wanderers turned the game around to lead just 13 minutes later through strikes from Eoin Doyle and Elias Kachunga.

Ben Whitfield struck in first-half stoppage-time to send the teams in level at the break, and that was how it would remain after the second-period failed to live up to the standard of the opening 45 minutes that preceded it.

Speaking after the game, Evatt admitted he was disappointed with the Trotters' second-half display which means they will have to navigate a difficult looking replay at Edgeley Park in a little over a week's time.

"We caused our own problems today," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"We've controlled the game and scored two very good goals, but conceded two very poor ones from our own mistakes.

"It was nothing from them in terms of how they've played through us. The first is a mistake from George (Thomason) but then we get ourselves ahead. Then, just before half-time, we crazily vacate the middle of the pitch and Joel (Dixon) makes the wrong decision to kick long and it's 2-2.

"Second-half they've camped in, made it tough for us and we just didn't move the ball quickly enough.

"We've dominated the game and possession but our intensity and tempo of play wasn't there. We really needed to move them to cause them more issues and problems by playing quicker than we did in the second-half.

"We scored two fantastic goals and had control for large parts. We want to control the game through possession but it has to be with a purpose. We have to move them side to side. When we're playing too slowly and it's too lethargic, it's easy for them and we're not burning their energy.

"We're trying to make them work harder to create spaces for our midfield and attacking players. Second-half, we just didn't move the ball quickly enough and when it becomes transitional like it did at times, it favours them.

"When we've got control of the ball it's difficult for them. They gain no confidence, no belief and once we lose it, if we counter-press correctly, we get it back and it becomes wave after wave until eventually we score.

"We just didn't do the hard yards with our tempo of play in the second-half."

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