Managers Reaction: Harrogate Town (H)

Ian Evatt’s reaction to our defeat against Harrogate Town.

Manager Ian Evatt admitted he was deflated after defeat against Harrogate on Tuesday night, but asked supporters to stick with his side despite a tricky start to the season.

The manager was the first to admit that Tuesday’s nights performance wasn’t good enough and said it was clear to see what the problem was.

“It’s not good enough, the results not good enough. They’ve had three set pieces and scored three goals and theres clearly a common denominator. Conceeding five goals in two games with four from set pieces isn’t good enough.

People have to start taking responsibility in the box, they’re given men and given jobs to do and they aren’t doing them.

Other than that I think we had most of the possesion, we probably should have scored before they scored their first one. Then second half we got a head of steam for the first ten minutes then we give away another stupid free kick, shoot ourselves in the foot and they score and it’s game over.”

Despite another frustrating result, Evatt is pleased that the Bluebirds have another home game coming up quickly to put things right.

“We have to work harder and be better, have more determination in both boxes and it’s back to the drawing board and back to work. We have to work hard because that’s not acceptable and we have to turn it around at home on Saturday.

The good thing is we do have another home match on Saturday, it’s very early days, there is only two games gone but we have to get things right quickly because it’s a very busy month with six more games. We’ll be working tirelessly to put things right because it isn’t good enough.”

The Gaffer confirmed the search for a centre-half is still on, he believes a physical presence in the Bluebirds line up is lacking.

“We need a centre half, no doubt about it. We need a big physical presence at the moment because as I said there is no one dominating in either box at the moment.

It’s all well and good having the nice possession and playing attractive football but you have to do the other side of it too. The basics of football are compete, run, win your headers and win your tackles. We’re not doing the basics at the moment and hopefully when we do the rest will take over from there.

Firstly, we need to get men on the pitch who are going to win their battles and win their headers, not just think about the pretty attractive side of the game, but to do the ugly side of it as well and there are too many not doing that at the moment.”

As Evatt and his side look to get back to winning ways, he urged supporters to stick with his side to help them get things right.

“I’m not going to hit the panic button because I know these players have it in them, we’ve just got to get it out of them. That goes back to stripping it down to the basics and being hard to beat, winning tackles winning headers wanting it more than the opposition and running more than the opposition.

What I will say is don’t lose faith, don’t give up on us yet. There is still so much more to give, we’ll work hard and we’ll get it right it’s as simple as that.

Now is the time to stop talking, we need to get results and let our determination and our football do the talking.”


The Bluebirds return to action on Saturday when we host Eastleigh at the Progression Solicitors Stadium. Kick off is 3pm.