Managers Reaction: Hartlepool (H)

Ian Evatt’s reaction to our defeat at home to Hartlepool.

Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt admitted Tuesdays defeat to Hartlepool was a very tough one to take, after seeing his side dominate proceedings but fall to a second half sucker punch goal.

“Football sometimes is a horrible game. I thought we dominated more or less the entire game, especially first half where I thought we were excellent. We limited them to very little and created a couple of chances, their keeper has made some good saves and Josh Kay should probably have scored in the first five minutes.

It’s just the way it’s going at the moment that the one real opportunity they had they took and scored and it’s frustrating at the moment. All we can do is keep working hard, it’s challenging at the moment for everybody but we have to stick together, have some belief and turn it around.”

An injury to John Rooney 30 minutes in changed the Bluebirds plans and Evatt believes he was a big miss in the Barrow midfield.

“I thought Roons was outstanding before he came off in dictating the pace of the game. Him coming off doesn’t help us, it hurt us, but football has a way of challenging you at times. Football is a roller coasterĀ and all you can do is stick to your values and keep working hard.

I think anyone who has seen all nine games so far this season would agree we deserve more, but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve and you have to go and take it. We have to go out now and change the cycle.”

The Bluebirds had chances to put the game beyond Pools’ reach before they scored, with the manager calling for his strikers to take responsibility for their chances whilst also praising Matty Platt after an assured second Barrow debut.

“We have to take responsibility and take our chances and we haven’t done that so far this season. Even though we have scored goals, we haven’t scored as many as we should have with the chances we are creating. Maybe we have to look at changing a bit to break the cycle, to be a bit more solid although I thought we were a lot more solid tonight.

Matty Platt was excellent, he gave us everything we have been looking for. He was dominant, he showed good pace, he defended well one v one and did well on the ball.”

The Bluebirds travel to Aldershot on Saturday, a repeat of a fixture where the Bluebirds ended a poor run last season which Evatt sees as an opportunity to begin a turnaround.

“It’s another opportunity, football is cruel but it always gives you another opportunity and we have that on Saturday. The lads are hurting, they’re really hurting and I feel for them because I don’t think they are getting what they deserve at the minute. But we have to come out as a wounded animal and come out fighting and swinging, I’m sure we will do that on Saturday.”