The latest thoughts of manager Ian Evatt.
First of all, let me just say how much I enjoyed my first match as the manager of this football club. Starting on Friday and seeing the dedication of the supporters who braved the elements to watch us train, and then meeting so many of you on Friday evening at the Q&A event, to speaking to people after the game on Saturday – it was all fantastic. The performance and result on Saturday topped it off, and it was a really great weekend that my family and I really enjoyed. I can tell there is so much potential at this football club, with so many people dedicating themselves to it.
As for the match, the result was obviously pleasing, but the good thing is there is still so much to work on. We had ten players make their Barrow debut, with another 2 coming off the bench, so we are a new group and a new team that will continue to improve. As we continue to adjust to the level and the players grow in confidence in themselves, we will be more confident in our patterns of play and take our time to move the ball around a bit more and make our opposition work.
There were pleasing individual efforts all around the pitch but for Josh Granite and Jack Hindle to step up to this level and come away with a clean sheet and a couple of goals was so important, and fantastic to see.
However, we have to recognize where we are. It’s 1 game of a 46-game season. There will be a lot of tough tests, starting again on Tuesday at Halifax. It will be a test of our mental toughness and our fitness levels to turn around and go again. We have to keep our feet planted firmly on the ground. The minute we think we are a finished product is when we start taking backward steps.
I have heard a lot about the Barrow away support and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. We will need you in full voice to back the lads to another result.