Managers Reaction: Barrow 2-1 Aldershot Town

Manager Ian Evatt’s thoughts on our 2-1 win over Aldershot.

Bluebirds boss Ian Evatt was delighted his side picked up three points against Aldershot on Saturday, but thought his side have played much better this season:

“I’m obviously very pleased to have won, but I don’t think we deserved it. I thought we were terrible at times today, we looked flat, we looked off the pace and it was chalk and cheese from Tuesday night really.

On the ball we were a bit flat, a bit one paced. We didn’t play through the lines quick enough or make runs quick enough, we just looked a yard or two off the pace.

I don’t know what that is, whether it was too many changes to the team, lads that have not played for a while were maybe a bit flat, the lads who played Tuesday may have been a bit tired I don’t know.

We will have to analyse, watch the game back and see where we can improve. In possession of the ball is what we preach and we weren’t good enough in that area today.

I feel sorry for Gary (Waddock) and his team, they deserved more out of the game and we weren’t quite at the races, weren’t our normal selves.

But it’s not a bad habit to win ugly, it’s probably the first time we have actually done that. There has been times this season when we have played well and lost so to win ugly is pleasantly refreshing.”

 

Evatt said Steve Jennings showed what his players need to do to lift the crowd at the Furness Building Society Stadium, and backed his squad to carry on and soon get back to their best:

“I thought the best player was probably Steve Jennings when he came on for the last 20 minutes, he got on the ball and showed bravery and all of a sudden we lifted the crowd. We have to lift them with our play, we didn’t do that or excite anyone today. We were poor but we got 3 points so it’s not a bad thing.”

They are a good group, they stick together. We are a small squad but it’s tight knit and they all really graft for each other. We will keep grinding on, keep fighting. I’m pleased to get a win from that performance, but we need to be a lot better against Wrexham on Tuesday.”

 

The Bluebirds front line have struggled to take their chances of late, but the manager was pleased that Dior Angus got himself on the score sheet whilst Rhys Turner also got further minutes under his belt:

“I’ve demanded that the front three start scoring, we’ve missed too many chances and we have to start being more ruthless and clinical. I’m glad to see Dior score a header today, he got across his marker really well and finished well. But still, we’ve missed chances today too.

Rhys Turner has come in and played okay, he is another one we have to be careful with and manage, he has been very unlucky with injuries this year so we have to be mindful of how much he plays, what he does and what he can cope with.”

 

Next up is a trip across the border to face title chasing Wrexham on Tuesday night, and Evatt expects an improvement from his side, whilst being under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be:

“The whole team can be a lot better than we were today, as individuals and as a team, but we will dust ourselves down and carry on. We are pleased with the three points but we now have a big game on Tuesday which will be very difficult.

It’s a tough place to go, but it it is a big pitch which will suit us and against the top six our results have been pretty good and our performances have been too. Hopefully we can go there and show what we can do.”