Manager Ian Evatt’s thoughts on a memorable day for the Bluebirds!
Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt was understandably delighted as his side overcame being pegged back twice by Salford City, claiming all three points in a five goal thriller in front of the BT Sport Cameras.
Whilst delighted with his sides work-rate and result, he felt they had played better this season and it was their sheer hard work and effort that got them the three points:
“I’m delighted with the result, the spirit, the effort and the determination we showed today. I’m not so happy with some of the quality and the decision making at times, but we have shown today that we are a team that are very much together, to a man we work our socks off and that has won us the game in the end.
Salford made it difficult for us in the second half and we needed to be a bit brighter, but other than that I’m really pleased with the result.”
The Bluebirds hero on the day was Jacob Blyth, who scored twice, including the winning goal in the dying seconds – his manager couldn’t have been more pleased for him:
“He (Blyth) is one of the most positive things to come out of today. He was out for 18 months and then we signed him in the summer and of course he broke his shoulder in the first few minutes of the first game in pre-season. Then he’s had illness, his Dad has been ill and he has been through a lot of pain. But I believe in him, I trust him, I’ve told him that all along and today he has repaid me with that performance. To step up and take a penalty is bravery, I’m really really pleased with him.”
The Bluebirds conceded to two fantastic strikes and whilst Evatt thought they could have done more to prevent them, he said it is a sign of how far the Bluebirds have come that they felt they could have done better:
“The first one is a wonder strike, but it’s avoidable from our point of view. We’ve slashed a clearance that we didn’t need to and the second one we’ve just dropped a bit too deep after getting the goal, then we didn’t get the first contact and switched off and they’ve scored again.
It’s a lesson for everybody, I’ve gone in there and had a go at them, because these are the standards that we’re setting now. We want to be a team who are in and around the play-offs, and to do that we need to be consistently better than we were today on the ball, and make better match game decisions. But the spirit, effort and desire was there in abundance and I think that’s what the Barrow fans want to see more than anything else. Players who are going to give 110%, sweat blood for the football club and they’ve done that today.
We’ve come a long way, people go on about that run but that run was a month. If you take those games in isolation, like we did, we dominated a lot of those games and it was stupid individual errors that were costing us, and that can happen. Salford, with all their money, have just lost four games on the spin and it’s that easy – it can happen that quickly. We’ve regrouped, stuck together as a team and worked really hard on the training pitch. I keep saying, there is no such thing as a lucky team in this game, you make your own luck through hard work and we have come out fighting.”
Despite having been linked to the vacant managers position at Chesterfield, the Gaffer left no doubt in supporters minds that he is going no where:
“I’m obviously aware that the position is open, but that doesn’t mean I’m going anywhere! I’m Barrow AFC’s manager, I’ve got a project here and I work ever so hard on the training pitch with the players everyday. I think we’ve got that bond and trust now that really pushes us on and moves the club forward, and I’ve got an excellent feeling about it.
All I can do now is do my own thing, to manage the club the best way I see fit and I think we’re seeing the results of that now. As I said, I’m so happy with the support we’ve got, the crowd have come out today and backed me, backed the players and we have given them something positive to sing about – a huge thanks to them. It’s important now, for the longevity of this football club, that the fans keep coming back and watching these boys play, because they can play. We’re a different team to the Barrow teams of recent times, we just want to make everyone proud and I think we’ve done that today.
Managers who do well are always linked with jobs, but I’m only just getting started here, I must say I’m just getting started, we’ve had ups and downs, we’ve had inconsistencies but I think things are starting to click now. I really believe in the players and any manager is only as good as his players. The players for me are putting a real shift in and are giving me their all and I’m really happy that we managed to get that last minute winner today.”