Managers Reaction: Boreham Wood (H)

Ian Evatt’s thoughts on our home clash with Boreham Wood.


Manager Ian Evatt wasn’t disappointed with his sides performance, despite going down 2-1 at home to Boreham Wood on Saturday:

“I don’t think the performance was bad, I just think in the first 20 minutes we were second best in 50/50 tackles, getting to second balls and they started with a bit more desire than us, which is disappointing, but they are fighting for their lives. We’ve got to learn that we can’t just show up and play lovely, nice passing football – you’ve got to do the dirty work first to earn your right to do so. We didn’t do that today.

We’ve had the chances again, especially the big chance at the start of the second half. It’s a poor result but not particularly a poor performance. It’s the story of our season really that we have more or less dominated games and come away wondering how we have lost there. Too many times now though we have let teams come here, to our home, and let them burgle us really and that’s something that we need to stop going into next season.”

He feels his side need to be more streetwise during games, with the visitors showing his side how to do it on a frustrating afternoon for Barrow:

“I’ve just said to the players that we have to stop being so naive, we are naive in terms of their players went down when they felt contact, wasted time at goal kicks etc, but we are so honest that we stay on our feet when we feel contact. The center forwards are getting no protection from the referee in terms of their defenders coming over the top, I’m not asking them to buy a free kick, but to give the referee a decision to make because if we stay on our feet then 9 times out of 10 these officials won’t give it.

We cannot give teams a leg up and a head start like we did today, we have to learn from it.”

Despite the result there were plenty of positives for the Bluebirds, including another encouraging crowd of 1415 and Evatt believes the future is bright for the club:

“The feel around the town, everyone is pulling together and getting a bit of a buzz. There are great things happening off the pitch and it is great to see so many U16’s here again too. Hopefully now we can keep these fans engaged and move forward as a club because we are definitely moving in the right direction. We just sort of need to get this season over and done with now, try and finish in the top ten which is our aim and then plan for next season and have a real go at it.

I think we are really starting to believe that we can do something special, and that’s important. We have to start to believe that we are very good and that we can win promotion. Not just with the players, but with the board, with the staff, all the fans and everyone in the town, it’s a mentality thing. I firmly believe we can and if we all believe that then good things will happen.”

The manager was in attendance at our performance center training last week, and he says it’s important that the youth set up at the club becomes more professional to further improve the pathway towards the first team:

“I’m a manager of Barrow AFC and that for me means I manage everything to do with the football. Craig does a fantastic job with the youth coaches, but if I can go and show my face and help them in whatever way I can, or if the young players see me taking an interest then they can see that there is a pathway to the first team, and there is a pathway there now. Nathan Reid has come on today and done well again, Christian Sloan has been involved.

There is a pathway now and it’s just about taking that step, and it’s a big step, from being a club which in terms of youth players hasn’t really taken it seriously, now needs to be more professional about it from top to bottom – and that’s coming. We’re playing catch up with some teams in that area but we will get there and it’s exciting.”