Managers Reaction: Barrow 2-3 Leyton Orient

Manager Ian Evatt’s thoughts after our home defeat to Leyton Orient.


Ian Evatt was upbeat about his sides performance, as he saw them spurn a number of chances against high flying Leyton Orient. He said that the way the visitors ended up playing was a testament to his sides efforts:

“I think we were more than in the game the whole game, we had the better chances especially in the first half, they’ve scored a lucky first goal with a cross that has gone straight in the top corner. Again, we’ve not probably been clinical enough, but we’ve outplayed a team who are pretty much top of this league and we have to be very proud of that.

When you see a team like Leyton Orient come here, to little old Barrow, and they are putting eleven men behind the ball and celebrating like they did at the final whistle, I think it shows we had them rattled. We were very good in terms of how we played through the lines and into the final third and it was just that little bit of a clinical edge. We’re very unfortunate not to get anything out of the game, but we definitely deserved to win it.”


Goals have been a problem for the Bluebirds, and the Bluebirds boss said the lack of a cutting edge is the only difference between his side and second placed Orient:

“You can analyse every goal, and there are mistakes in any goal, we will take a look at them but I think we have been done with sucker punches really and that just shows you the difference between the two teams. The difference between the teams at this moment in terms of where they are in the league and us is that they are clinical in front of goal. Macauley Bonne, Jay Simpson or whoever it may be are very good strikers, they cost alot of money, but they’re very good strikers. They finish their chances and if they get one chance they score.

At the minute the only criticism of our lads, who create a hell of a lot, is that they don’t finish them when we do, but one of these days we will and when we do whoever we play will be on the end of a bad result. We are creating more chances than any other team in this divison, we just aren’t putting them away – that’s the difference.”


Barrow have received plaudits for their style of play this season, and Evatt made it clear that it wouldn’t be changing:

“We preach that if you can’t shoot and you feel like it’s a risk to shoot then you have to find that extra pass. Nine times out of ten that extra pass is on, we just don’t see it, we do practice shooting from distance and crossing the ball, but sometimes when teams like Leyton Orient have three centre backs camped in the area who are all 6ft 5, there is no point in putting it in the air because they will just head it away, we have to find another way to beat them.”