Managers Reaction: Barrow 3-1 Workington

Ian Evatt’s thoughts on our 3-1 win over Workington!

Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt was pleased with his side as a strong second half saw us overpower visitors Workington Reds.


The manager was keen to stress that pre-season is more about his players getting game time, though he was pleased with what he saw:

“It’s another step forwards and more minutes in the legs. At times it was frustrating but we did some really good stuff today too.

Whenever you play these lower league teams you have to match their intensity for the first half an hour, it’s a big game for them, but after that we took over. It is what it is, I’m not going to get above myself with a win against Workington, but its another step forward.”


The Bluebirds came into the game on the back of a dissapointing result against a Furness Select side, but the Gaffer is adamant that the result is behind is side:

“We weren’t going to get carried away with Tuesdays result, it wasn’t good enough for whatever reason but it was a one off for us and having watched the game back I think we could have been 6 or 7 up at half time.

We have to take things in isolation, the lads knew it wasn’t good enough, we spoke about it, cleared it up and we have seen a reaction today. Workington aren’t a bad side, Danny (Grainger) is doing some good things with them and they gave us a tough game.”


With practically two different teams played in each half so far this pre-season, Evatt made just one change at the break, with several more in the second half. He said this is a sign of progress as his team prepares for the big kick off at Wrexham on August 3rd.

“We’re not changing our plans, it’s about building minutes early on and now they have more minutes in their legs and they’ve done more physical work they are able to do a bit more. As you can see from the Saturday and Tuesday games they will be building minutes up again.

It’s about August 3rd primarily with Wrexham away, but we need to keep improving and working hard. We have seen progression in the last few games, are we there yet? No. But we are getting there and the new players are getting better every day, everyone is getting better physically every day and you will see come August 3rd we will be ready.”


Brian Wilson and Rhys Turner continued to miss out on getting any game time, with Evatt revealing Wilson has now left the club after suffering another injury against Blackburn Rovers.

“Brian (Wilson) has left the club now, we felt after his injury it was time to part ways.

Rhys (Turner) is still burning away on the back burner, he is getting better and fitter every day. Obviously we need to see him play games and stay fit for a period of time, but he is a player that I really like. He has a hell of alot of talent and we need to get him back and if we can keep him in one piece he will be one of the better players in the National League, simple as that.”


The Bluebirds return to action at the Progression Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday night when we host Morecambe. Kick off is 7:45pm!