Managers Reaction: Dagenham 0-0 Barrow

Ian Evatt’s reaction to our away draw at Dagenham!


Manager Ian Evatt was pleased with his side, as only a goal was missing from a strong performance in the capital:

“I thought first half we were exceptional, we dominated the game from the start, we created a number of opportunities and chances and we should have been in the lead at half time.

Second half they tweaked things a bit, changed shape and we just didn’t problem solve quickly enough on the pitch. Sometimes after half time when the game has started again it’s hard for us to get the message across from the side as to what we need to do and the players have to problem solve among themselves. We didn’t quite do that quickly enough, we did it in the last 15/20 minutes when they were on a high press and we just had to flip it in behind which we did and had a few chances to win it towards the end.”


A solid defensive display saw Dagenham limited to just a few half chances and the manager was pleased with the clean sheet:

“Our back three defensively were excellent and we dealt with their threat for the majority of the game and they have some good players up there.

But all in all it’s a positive result, it’s a clean sheet and an excellent performance.”


Going forward the Bluebirds looked a threat and two headers either side of half time saw Dagenham keeper Justham save well from Philpot, before John Rooney’s effort came back off the bar.

Evatt was keen to take the positives from the performance despite the lack of a goal:

“We had the better chances, we’ve hit the bar, Jamie (Philpot) has been in one v one a few times and Jack (Hindle) has been in and around the box. There are a lot of positives to take it’s a tough place to come with another long journey but we’ve played really well.”


A superb 123 Bluebirds fans made the trip to Victoria Road and the Gaffer was delighted with their support:

“The support today was magnificent. To travel all this way towards the end of the season and back us like they did was superb. They have backed us in numbers on the road all season and it really is appreciated by myself and the players.”