Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Defeat at MK Dons

  • February 26, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt felt Bolton's poor start and an individual error ultimately cost his side any chance of a result, after they were beaten 2-0 at Milton Keynes Dons.

Goals in each half from Mohamed Eisa and Scott Twine gave the Dons a comfortable victory at Stadium MK, as they went level on points with 2nd-placed Wigan Athletic in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Championship.

Despite the defeat, Evatt believes Wanderers were more than a match on the afternoon but says they 'gifted' their hosts all three points.

"I'm disappointed," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube. "The first 25 minutes were far too passive and they deserved to be in front, there's no doubt about that.

"Once we'd figured it out, the last 15-20 minutes of the first-half we'd started to dominate and had some chances - Amadou has hit the bar.

"Second-half I thought we had complete control. We were getting ahead of steam, in the ascendancy, the fans were backing us and we all felt it was only a matter of time, then we pressed self-destruct with a bad error and a poor goal to concede to gift them the game.

"There's lots to learn but we need to dust ourselves down and go again.

"Our margin for error has lessened again today. We know what we have to do and that hasn't changed, it's just made it more difficult.

"We wanted to be in the game at 60 minutes and we were. Unfortunately we were behind because of the way we started but we felt like we were in the ascendancy, we were bringing players on to get us the goal we needed and it felt like it was coming, then as I said we've just gifted them the game and they're too good a team to come from 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go.

"MK Dons away - the eighth game of eight games in the shortest calendar month of a year is difficult but we've been enjoying our football, been in good form and had good momentum.

"I still feel it was there for us today. Other than the first 25 minutes and then a moment of madness in the second-half, we've cost ourselves the game. Other than that, I thought we were in control.

"We're disappointed. We've got used to winning games and we don't like losing. We're frustrated, disappointed by the manner of it but we have to go again."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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