Post-Match: Evatt on Bolton's Draw with Sheff Wed

  • April 09, 2022 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/7d28d

Ian Evatt was delighted with the response of his players after Bolton came from behind to draw with Sheffield Wednesday at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Trailing to Jordan Storey's 66th-minute opener, Wanderers equalised in the final minute of normal time as MJ Williams struck the first league goal of his career.

At the end of a week where the Trotters have faced adversity in terms of injuries and illness, Evatt believes the result proved his team is more than capable of hanging with the big boys who were striving for promotion to the Championship.

"Scoring late is a good habit to have," Evatt told OfficialBWFC on YouTube.

"I think we rode our luck at times but considering we haven't got an awful lot to play for, the amount of injuries and illness in the camp, to show that fight and willingness to get back in the game is a credit to them.

"They were at full strength and flying high, and we're very clearly not at full strength and missing some key players but we kept going.

"In terms of the game, I think they started quite fast but all their attacks were from our looseness in possession.

"Then we probably had the two big chances of the first-half when Kieran (Sadlier) had one saved and Jon (Dadi Bodvarsson) missed a glaring header.

"Second-half they upped it, they needed to win. We huffed and puffed but didn't really create a great deal. We became a bit loose again, a bit sloppy in possession and a bit safe, then we get more injuries with Declan (John) coming off and the goal rocked us for a couple of minutes.

"But after that the belief they all showed to get back into the game was superb, so I'm pleased with them.

"It's not a bad habit to get in to, another late goal, and if you look at our record since I took over I think it's the best in the EFL.

"That's a positive but we just need to be professional now until the end of the season. We've got four games to go and we want to finish as strongly as we can.

"We've moved up one and want to be in that top-10. That's our aim so we'll try to win all four games and see where that takes us.

"That's all we can do. Keep professional and compete until the very end - that's our responsibility. There's an expectancy at this club to win football matches and we want to do that.

"I think we've lost three games since the middle of January which is an excellent record and one we want to keep up."

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
View Full Standings >>

Poll

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