Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at Hartlepool United

  • January 04, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt was extremely disappointed with Bolton's defeat at Hartlepool United, after a howler from Joel Dixon saw them exit the Papa John's Trophy.

With six minutes left to play at the Suit Direct Stadium, Dixon's attempt to play out from the back was intercepted by Matty Daly who subsequently rounded the Wanderers goalkeeper and slotted into an empty net.

Evatt, who claims his side were dominant against their League Two opponents, couldn't hide his frustration after the final whistle and admits his players have cost themselves the opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium later in the season.

"We completely controlled the game other than the first 10 minutes," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"I think they had one real chance in the first-half but other than that it was all us. We had lots of opportunities but didn't take them and then got punished with a really stupid mistake at the end.

"To lose that game really hurts because I think we've beaten ourselves rather than Hartlepool beating us, to be honest.

"This was a glorious chance to get to Wembley. We would only have been two games away had we won tonight but we've somehow beaten ourselves and shot ourselves in the foot. It's very frustrating.

"There were lots of positives [in the first-half]. It was a cold, windy night on a difficult pitch but I thought we controlled the game really well, had good possession and created chances. We just didn't take them and when you don't take them in tight games like this, one mistake can cost you and a really bad one has cost us tonight.

"That's the way it's going for us at the moment. When you don't score, you should draw 0-0.

"As I said, they've not done anything to score themselves. They've not created anything - we've gifted them and that's very frustrating."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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