Managers Reaction: Solihull Moors (A)

Ian Evatt’s reaction to a 0-0 draw at Damson Park

Bluebirds boss Ian Evatt was pleased with his side, after a good performance at Damson Park saw them unlucky not to take all three points.

A stubborn Moors defence were forced to work hard for 90+ minutes to keep the Bluebirds at bay and Evatt believes his side did enough to have taken all three points on another day.

“I thought the way the game went we deserved to win it, especially first half with the chances we had. We have dominated the game, we’ve dominated possession¬†and yes they have had one or two bits and we’ve been caught one or two times trying to play out from the back, but that’s what I want and that’s what I expect.

It didn’t quite happen for us in the end, but we’ve increased our lead and we will keep going.”

The Gaffer asked for a response from the performance in our draw at Boreham Wood on Saturday and he was satisfied that his players gave him one.

“I definitely saw a reaction, I thought in possession we were a lot better and a lot more like ourselves. We had a couple of big chances first half that have to go in.

It’s difficult when teams are at home and they sit in and are direct, physical and keep trying to break the game up. We are trying to get some momentum by playing with speed and intensity and at every opportunity there were fouls and dead balls that took an age to be taken, it’s frustrating.”

Evatt beleives the reaction from the home side at the result is testament to how far the Bluebirds, who moved 5 points clear at the top of the league, have come.

“It’s definitely a sign of how far we have come that Solihull, who finished second in the league with 86 points last season and have spent a lot of money this season, are they are absolutely buzzing with a point against us.

We wanted to win the game 100%, we tried to win the game but it’s another point towards out target. We’ve had two tough away games, we have taken points from both and are still undefeated for a long time – we have to take the positives from that and move on to Saturday.”

With illness in camp and two tough away trips in the space of four days, the manager was positive about his sides performance as we head back to the Progression Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.

“We’ve got a bit of illness in camp which can drain the lads, we’ve also had two tough trips and two tough games. We’ve competed in both and today there were a lot more positives than negatives. Saturday I was disappointed, but tonight I’m a lot more positive.”