Managers Reaction: Havant & Waterlooville (A)

Ian Evatt’s reaction to defeat in Hampshire.

Manager Ian Evatt warned his players that they must be more consistent to reach their full potential this season, following a 2-0 defeat against Havant & Waterlooville at Westleigh Park.

 

The Bluebirds boss wasn’t happy with his sides performance which resulted in our first league defeat since mid-November:

“I’m disappointed, in fact I’m angry because all of our hard work, all the momentum we had we’ve given away today. We were second best all over the pitch, our decision making wasn’t good enough and I’ve told the players in there.

The lads have been fantastic but you’re only as good as your last game and everyone now, for all our hard work over Christmas, for all the teams we have beat and the top teams we’ve played, are only going to remember that performance.

It’s not good enough, they need to be more consistent than that, and if you have aspirations of being where I think we should be as a team, you can’t allow performances like that to creep in. Yes, you can have off days, but if you have an off day you scrap it out and fight and it ends up 0-0.

We’ve given them two goals, we’ve been disappointing all over the pitch and we have to re-group now.”

 

One positive on the south coast was a first glimpse of Kyle McFarlane, who joined the club on loan from Birmingham City ahead of the game and saw a goal disallowed in the second half:

“He (McFarlane) brings a lot of pace, he only joined us yesterday so we threw him in there to see how he got on. We’ve got two weeks now to work with him and get him up to speed with what we do.

He has lots of assets, his main one is his movement, we saw that with his disallowed goal today, whether it was handball or not he took it well. We will see more from him as he’s a good player.”

 

The Bluebirds have faced a grueling festive schedule, and the manager will be giving his side a breakĀ  ahead of our next game in two weeks time:

“The lads need a rest, it’s not an excuse but I thought we looked tired and leggy today though it’s the same for both teams.

Sometimes in football you have to work through that pain barrier, you have to run those extra yards, extra inches. I thought we were second best today and we just weren’t at the races.”

 

The Bluebirds will be looking to push towards the play-offs in the second half of the season, and the manager has identified where he feels he needs to strengthen his squad in order to do so:

“I think we need to strengthen the squad and we have spoken about it between myself, the Chairman and the new investors. I’ve got a clear idea of what we need, it’s now a case of getting them over the line.”