Managers Reaction: Stockport County (A)

Ian Evatt’s reaction to our defeat at Edgeley Park.

Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt was left scratching his head after seeing his side give up a half time lead to fall to a narrow defeat against Stockport County.

“I’m speechless to be honest. It’s not very often I’m lost for words but I am with that.

We cannot, cannot keep conceding goals at bad times like that. We’ve done the hard bit first half, weathered an onslaught. Then we’ve had to change shape at because of injury and the fact that their formation was hurting us.

We did that, we’re in front at half time and then we come out second half and give them two goals so we’re chasing the game.

Then we get ourselves back into it only to gift them another goal and then dominate the last 15-20 minutes, creating chance after chance after chance and we just miss simple opportunities.

Football is a funny game sometimes, the bit in the middle is irrelevant, the game is won and lost in both boxes and at the minute we’re losing the battle in both boxes.

We’re not scoring enough in the oppositions box and we’re conceding to many soft goals in our own box. It has to be better, we have to work harder and be held accountable for what we’re doing.

I have massive belief in my players but we have to stop conceding soft goals, otherwise we’re going to have the same problems as last season and that is something we’re working hard to improve on.”

 

Evatt again spoke of his wishes to sign another central defender when questioned, but insisted it must be the right player for the club.

“I’ve said many times, yes we would like a defender. But also we have a budget that we have to stick to and we have to get the right one in. There is no point in me getting someone who I don’t think will improve us and at the moment center-half’s are few are far between.

We have to back the ones we have got at the moment until we get another one. They do a hell of a lot right on the pitch, but we have to stop conceding soft goals and it’s not just the defenders fault either, center forwards, midfield players have defensive responsibilities as well and again today we have shirked them second half.”

 

Striker Dior Angus was a thorn in Stockport’s side all night, but couldn’t convert any of his chances. However, his manager backed him to do so soon.

“He needs a goal, if it goes off his shoulder or whatever else. As much as he gives the impression he is confident, when you’re missing chances it is going to affect you. The positive thing is that he is getting those chances and I have a firm belief that he is going to start taking them. He has to start taking them, it’s as simple as that. The team rely on him because he is a big player for us, he causes a lot of problems, it’s just that final bit of the jigsaw that is missing at the moment but hopefully he will come good with that.”

 

Asked if he thought there it is a mental problem causing his side to concede soft goals, Evatt wouldn’t rule it out, but stressed that it has to improve soon with other players waiting in the wings.

“Possibly, but this is a mans game and if you don’t man up and tough it out it, the game finds you out pretty quickly.

We’ve got a squad of players now and there are some who are waiting patiently for their opportunity. There are so many times we give players chance after chance after chance, but there comes a time when we have to put the other lads in and give them that opportunity.

I don’t think there is a supporter or anyone in the stadium who would say we deserved to lose, but we can’t keep saying that because it is the same old story. It’s back to the hard work now to get ready for a big home match on TV on Saturday.”

 

Despite another disappointing result, the Gaffer remained positive about the season ahead, calling for his side to bounce back on Saturday as we host Yeovil Town in front of the BT Sport cameras.

“We’re four games in, it’s not been a great start other than the game on Saturday. But the way we have played has shown me some positive signs that we will be a force to be reckoned with once we have pieced it all together.

We need to do that now, it’s time to stop talking and complaining, it’s time for actions and actions need to speak louder than words on Saturday.”