Managers Reaction: Aldershot (A)

Manager Ian Evatt’s thoughts after a superb win at Aldershot.

Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt was understandably delighted with his team after goals from Tyler Smith and Jack Hindle earned them all three points against Aldershot.

Barrow went into the game in a run of bad form, prompting Evatt to make changes to the Bluebirds formation for the trip to Hampshire, a move which paid off as his side dominated the first half and reduced Aldershot to just a few shots from range in the second half:

“We’ve really been hurting the last month or so with the results and the way they’ve gone. But, if you take one or two of the performances out of it, I don’t think we have been playing too badly. There have been spells in games, twenty minutes here or there, where teams have scored one or two and that’s cost us.

We decided to change shape this week, we’ve worked very hard on the training ground and stuck together as a group and as a squad. We have seen the results of that today with what I thought was an outstanding away performance.

We have been thinking about it (changing shape) for a while, prior to Ebbsfleet we thought about it with having a two week break afterwards, but after how well we played there we decided to stick with it. Things didn’t really work last weekend so we decided it was time and today we have shown that we have the players to do it.┬áIt’s pleasing how it’s worked today but this is just the start with it, we will keep working on it and improving to try and get another result on Tuesday.”

A big influence on those changes for the Bluebirds was the return of Jacob Blyth, who played 90 minutes at the EBB Stadium, and his manager was delighted for him:

“I thought he was outstanding today, especially second half. That was his first 90 minutes for a long time and he led the line perfectly, gave us an out ball and worked well with Tyler (Smith) and then Jack (Hindle) when he came on. He was a handful and a threat who gives us a different kind of option.

He has been very unlucky with injuries, he’s never really been able to get up to speed but we decided to throw him in there today and get him back up to speed that way. He has shown that he looks after himself off the pitch, he trains harder than anybody else and he has lasted 90 minutes – I’m really pleased for him.”

We are next in action when we welcome Wrexham to the Furness Building Society Stadium, and Evatt is confident that three points at Aldershot will provide a platform to push on, starting on Tuesday:

“It gives us massive confidence going into Tuesday now, we weren’t at our best with possession today but sometimes when results have gone the way they have, you just have to roll your sleeves up and put in a team effort to keep the opposition out – I thought we did that really well.

Apart from a couple of shots from distance they didn’t really test us. We put our foot in when we needed to, cleared our lines, and the effort and determination from the lads was outstanding.

I know a few people will have been getting worried by results, but I wasn’t – I see them day in day out and every team has a blip – hopefully we have had ours now, and start to look up the table”

Following the news this week that the clubs new ownership consortium had been finalized, the manager was quick to thank Chairman Paul Hornby and his team for allowing the team to get on with on the pitch matters:

“Paul Hornby has been outstanding in the whole procedure, he has kept us as staff, and the players, calm and full of confidence and he deserves huge credit for what he has done for this football club in such a short time, getting the investors over the line with a clear plan moving forwards so a huge thanks to him.

They have enabled us to concentrate on the football side of things which is really important. There have been no worries for us off the pitch and that is down to Paul and the rest of the team behind the scenes. Hopefully now we can progress on the pitch, getting results week in week out and push the club up the table because it’s a fantastic football club and I’m delighted to be the manager of it.”

62 dedicated Barrow fans made the long trip and were loud and proud throughout, and the boss was quick to thank them for their support as well:

“The fans make everything worthwhile. They’ve gone through the mill the past 4/5 weeks so to get a result for them is great. Our fans always travel well and their support for me and the team since day one has been fantastic – a big thanks to them as well.”


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