Managers Reaction: Harrogate Town (H)

Ian Evatt’s reaction to our 2-2 draw with Harrogate Town!


Barrow manager Ian Evatt said his side deserved more than they got after seeing his side held to a 2-2 draw by Harrogate Town at the Furness Building Society Stadium on Saturday.

“We’ve virtually dominated the whole game other than two moments of unexplainable madness, we’ve gifted them two goals and other than that I can’t remember Joel (Dixon) having any saves to make.

I just feel sick really for how well the lads have played today, they deserved three points. We have made a good Harrogate side, who are having a very good season, look very average at times and that is what we are capable of.”


The Bluebirds made two uncharacteristic defensive mistakes for Harrogate’s goals, and Evatt was left frustrated with the manner in which his side had conceded the goals which meant his side had to settle for a point.

“We can’t afford to give teams a leg up, 2-0 is always a dodgy score line and the next goal is vital, to concede as we did just after the break made everyone nervous, the crowd, the players and even myself, it gave them a way back into the game when really they hadn’t done enough to deserve one. It’s frustrating because we haven’t been making those mistakes of late.

But we have to learn from it, we can take a lot of credit from the game, but it is really disappointing to play that well and not win.”


A superb 1934 supporters were in attendance at the Furness Building Society Stadium and the manager was delighted with the turn out. He believes it’s just the start of whats to come for the club.

“1900+ was an excellent crowd and I hope they were entertained because these lads are a good football team, they have left it all out there and we finished strongly, looking like we might nick a winner.

I hope everyone that came to the game today enjoyed it and I hope they come back because it’s important. I genuinely feel that if we can get that perfect storm of the fans, the players, the board, the chairman, me and my staff all pushing together in the same direction, then we can achieve something really special. I think we’ve seen that at times today and over the past couple of weeks.”


There were some promising signs on the injury front, as several players were spotted being put through their paces before the game, with Evatt confirming they are not far away from a return to action.

“Some of the lads are in the late stages of rehab, they’re back on the grass which is a good thing, obviously we had Sam (Hird) back today and hopefully we will have a few more back in the next week or two, so there is going to be competition for places.

It’s nice to have names to choose from and when we have everyone fit, which we haven’t really had all season, we’ve got a strong squad to select from.”


Jamie Philpot, who signed for the Bluebirds on Friday, played a full 90 minutes and his manager took his performance as a positive from the day.

“I thought he (Philpot) did well, he looked lively, he looked sharp and he will get better too as he gets fitter. He stretched their back four really well; he’s a handful and combined well with our midfielder at times so that is definitely a positive from today.”