Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw with Cheltenham Town

  • November 27, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt admits Bolton were initially bamboozled by Cheltenham Town's tactics, before praising his players as they twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Trailing to a 14th-minute opener from Alfie May, Wanderers got themselves back on level terms 12 minutes later as Xavier Amaechi netted his first goal since joining the club on loan from Hamburg.

May slotted in his second of the afternoon to give the Robins a half-time lead, only for Elias Kachunga to strike with a moment of sheer magic shortly before the hour to ensure both sides left the University of Bolton Stadium with a point.

Speaking after the game, Evatt revealed Cheltenham's tactical approach the fixture came as a surprise but once he and his staff adopted a different approach, he believes the Trotters were ultimately the better side.

"In the first 20 minutes I thought we were a little off the pace and some of that is our responsibility," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"Cheltenham have been three at the back for the majority of the season. All our analysis was on them going three at the back and they played that all last season. Then they turned up, played a back four and it confused us so we were a bit all at sea for those first 20 minutes.

"After that, we changed shape to a 3-4-3 and started finding solutions. We started creating opportunities, got the equaliser, took over the game and the conceded a really poor goal with 20 seconds to go in the first-half that knocked the stuffing out of us.

"But the boys rallied again, scored a good goal that was disallowed for offside but we kept pushing, finally got the equaliser and then it was us that looked the most likely.

"The boys have given us everything. We are depleted, of course, but they're giving absolutely everything they can so although I'm disappointed not to win I'm happy we didn't lose the game."

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