Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at Fleetwood Town

  • December 07, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt made no excuses for Bolton's defeat at Fleetwood Town, insisting his team would still have lost the game even without the dismissal of captain Ricardo Almeida Santos.

Already trailing 1-0 at Highbury Stadium, Wanderers' task was made all the more difficult with 17 minutes to play when Santos was sent off for a professional foul.

Harrison Biggins would go on to score a quickfire brace, adding to Ged Garner's early opener, and Evatt admits he and his players must accept criticism directed at them and continue to stick together until reinforcements can be added in the January transfer window.

"There are no excuses from us," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "It just wasn't good enough and not acceptable.

"We just didn't get to the levels that we got to against Doncaster, Crewe and, at times, against Cheltenham. No excuses, we just weren't good enough on the night.

"At the minute we're consistently inconsistent. Times are tough and I've said that it's going to be a really turbulent month, there's no doubt about that.

"We are devoid of options at the moment. We have a big injury list but that isn't going to change any time soon and January is still a month away, so for now it's about trying to get the most out of these players and finding a way to get results.

"I think the players went out with the attitude that the wind would do it for them in the second-half. I thought we contained them really well first-half apart from the goal which was poor, but it was the first and one of limited attacks and then we just didn't take one of our opportunities which is the case with us sometimes.

"Second-half, I just thought we went out there with the attitude that the wind would naturally do the job for us and we'd win the game but football isn't like that. You have to go out and earn the right and we didn't do that.

"We will be criticised - I'll be criticised, the players will be criticised - and we have to take that on the chin. We probably deserve it to be honest but there's nobody that's going to try harder than me and the rest of the players and we need to put that right on Saturday.

"It's not going to get any easier. If we thought tonight was tough and the conditions, then Saturday at Accrington is going to be really challenging so we have to regroup and go again.

"Take the sending off out of it and I still don't think we were good enough. We have to own that performance and there's no excuses from me. We can talk about injuries but that doesn't matter - it's 11 vs 11 on a matchday and today our 11 weren't good enough.

"We need the players to be better than they were tonight. We all have to be better and we all have to take a look at ourselves."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston