Ian Evatt’s thoughts on our away draw at Chesterfield.
Frustration was the main feeling for Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt, after seeing his side pegged back to have to settle for a point at the Proact Stadium.
“I’m frustrated and that says a lot, that we have come to a fantastic football club like Chesterfield and are frustrated to have only drawn the game.
But I think anyone who was sat here today, if they were being honest, would say that, no exaggeration, we should have been about seven up at half time.”
A very impressive first half performance could have seen the Bluebirds out of sight at the break, but Evatt believes a penalty for the home side on the stroke of half time changed the game completely.
“The way we played first half was outstanding and we put it all together, other than the final part of the jigsaw really. All the game plan, the way we used our legs, we played through midfield and the way the front three were a threat meant we cut them to ribbons at times.
The missing piece is scoring more but having said that when you’re two up away from home you should be winning the game.
Connor Brown has given the referee a decision to make on the stroke of half time, he doesn’t need to do that and again its conceding at bad times. It changes the atmosphere in the stadium and that has probably got them an undeserved point in the end.”
Evatt said that goal had his players on edge but believes it is another learning opportunity for his young side.
“It’s just that feeling, no matter how much you talk about being positive and playing the same way and doing the same things, there is always that nagging doubt in the back of your mind, here we go again.
It’s another learning curve for us, we’re a young team but we’re a good team and we’ve given another good account of ourselves and there is lots of credit to be taken out of the game, especially in the first 60 minutes.”
After completely dictating the style of play in the first 60 minutes, Chesterfield then began to go slightly more direct, which Evatt believes lead to their equalizer.
“I don’t think they were on top, the way they play is direct at times, there are alot of balls going into the box and so if we’re not in control of possesion then we come under pressure as we’re not the biggest team in the world.
I don’t think we were as good in possession in the last 25 minutes and when we’re not dictating play you’re going to come under pressure.
You’re not going to come to a place like this and dominate like we did first half for a full 90 minutes, it just doesn’t happen that way. But having said that, we’ve done enough to be miles clear in the game and should have gone on to win it.”
With two games in three days, the manager wouldn’t rule out changes for Mondays clash with Halifax after a tough performance in hot conditions.
“For us to have to play Saturday/Monday is crazy and especially with the heat today we’ve put a lot of effort into the game to play like we did.
The way we play is high energy and high tempo, so we might have to freshen things up but we have the squad to do that and there are lads capable of stepping in.”