Managers Reaction: Barrow 1-1 Bromley

Ian Evatt’s thoughts on yesterday’s draw with Bromley!

Manager Ian Evatt was pleased with his side after a 1-1 draw with Bromley at the Furness Building Society Stadium.

 

The Bluebird boss was happy with his side as they dominated large spells of the game, particularly in the first half, but couldn’t find a second goal to kill the visitors off.

“I’m reasonably happy, but there are certainly plenty of positives in terms of how we played with the ball. When you’ve kept 8 clean sheets in 11 it’s hard to criticize anyone individually so we dust ourselves down and kick on again, simple as that.

We should have scored in the last 20 minutes when we took over again but it’s another point and I thought the crowd were excellent today, they backed the lads especially in the second half and we could have got that winner. But it was a good game of football, it was entertaining and we tried to play the best way we can, we just couldn’t get a second goal. We had a stonewall penalty not given and if we get it then it is probably game over.”

 

After a strong first half which saw them lead at the break, it took the home side a while to get going against the wind in the second half, but a strong finish could have seen them walk away with all three points:

“The second half made it more difficult as we were against the wind and they are a very direct side, with big strikers making lots of runs in behind and it makes it difficult. I thought our defensive line was very good, especially in the first half keeping high up the pitch, but in the first ten/fifteen minutes of the second half we sunk a bit deep and that is probably where the goal has come from really. We haven’t cleared the box and moved up the pitch and their lad has gone to head it and missed it and Joel has done the same thing really.

I thought that was the best we have been in possession for quite a while, we moved the ball really well – especially in the first half and the last 25 minutes of the second half. We started a bit slowly after the break for whatever reason, we were against the wind and they went on a high press playing very direct football and it just took us a while to get to grips with what they were doing.”

 

The Bluebirds travel to Sutton next weekend and Evatt is set for a squad boost on both injury and suspension fronts:

“Next week all of a sudden we have a load of players again. Rhys Norrington-Davies will hopefully be back as will Brian Wilson and we’ve got Lee Molyneux and Kyle Jameson back from suspension, so suddenly the squad is looking a lot stronger.

We have plenty of players when everyone is fit, we just need to get them all on the pitch. Obviously as a football club we need to be sustainable and we can’t keep spending money on players, it reaches a point where we’ve got what we’ve got and I’ve certainly got enough when everyone is fit to play. Again today we have dominated for large spells against a good side so we have to take credit for that, be pleased with it and keep working hard for a big push in the final 14 games of the season, starting with Sutton next week.”

 

Sam Stephens and Christian Sloan were in the match day squad for Barrow, and the manager was delighted to have them involved, a move which he is keen to expand on as part of the clubs plans moving forward:

“I was pleased for Sam (Stephens) and Christian (Sloan) to be able to be on the bench, Tom (Dawson) picked up an injury last night so unfortunately he couldn’t play a part, but it’s great for them to be involved as they have done really well for the U21’s. When they’ve needed to step up for us they have done so and in training they certainly haven’t looked out of place which is a credit to them.

I’m happy to have them involved and they deserve to be involved when we’re light in numbers because of the work they have done in the Under 21’s. I pick a team every week to win us football matches, I’m the manager and I do what I think is best to get us the results. It would be nice to get them some time on the pitch before the end of the season, certainly Christian (Sloan) has impressed when he has trained with us but obviously there is high competition in there with Jason (Taylor), Josh (Kay), John (Rooney) and Lewis (Hardcastle) now. Tom trained with us on Friday, he’s only 16 but he impressed and it is good to see the local talent, that is what we want as a football club moving forwards.

We need to get and tap into local talent in the area and get them up to speed with our professional standards because obviously they don’t train full time which is difficult. But if they can sacrifice, which they are doing, some of their work days to come and train with us and get them up to speed them certainly there will be opportunities for them and for others in the area.

I’ve said all along that we needed to start this season getting some assets on the pitch and I think we have got some, obviously we have already sold one (Andy Firth) to Glasgow Rangers. We need to produce young players in a huge catchment area of talent, and move things on off the pitch in terms of an academy setup to get them ready for this, because it’s a very tough league, it’s demanding and the standards we set are high.”