Managers Reaction: Wrexham 1-3 Barrow

Manager Ian Evatt’s thoughts on a fantastic away win at Wrexham.

Manager Ian Evatt was understandably delighted with his side after they blew high flying Wrexham away with a three goal first half blitz at the Racecourse Ground.

“I thought we were very good, we were outstanding and we played the conditions very well. We are primarily a possession based football team but when its blowing a gale, really windy we have to dig in and to a man I thought we were outstanding.

Our effort and commitment was top class and I thought our shape suited us really well and finally we put our chances away after some great balls into the box.

I’m delighted for Blythy, his goal is a long time coming and I’m really pleased for him. The performance he put in as a number 9 was magnificent, as I said you can name a few players today but to a man everyone was superb.”

 

Defender Dan Jones had a superb game at the back for Barrow and his manager was over the moon with his performance which was capped off with a goal:

“For me Dan was man of the match tonight, he headed everything, he defended properly and finally got on the score sheet, hallelujah, because I’ve been moaning at him all the time for missing chances but finally he got one.”

 

The Bluebirds suffered a couple of injuries at the Racecourse, but the gaffer said that is nothing new to him this season:

“We’re used to it now, I don’t think I’ve been able to pick the same team all season! Rhys Turner has felt his hamstring in the warm up, Jack Barthram I thought it was a red card to be honest, it looked a nasty one and Dior has just gone over on his ankle.

It’s not ideal but I must say that the lads that came on and those who were playing out of position were magnificent. Their effort, commitment and desire to win this football match was second to none and we thoroughly deserved our win.”

 

Whilst many will be raising an eyebrow at such a superb result, Evatt said it’s nothing he didn’t know his team are capable of, though he is happy to take the positives from our position:

“We’ve got eight games left now and we have two more points than the club finished with last season so that’s a positive. The frustrating thing for me is that Wrexham are top of the league and we can outplay them or anyone on our day. We’ve just left points out there at certain stages and I’m slightly disappointed about where we are because I think we can be a top 6/7 team. There is still lots to play for this season and definitely a lot to look forward to next season.”

 

The Bluebirds boss said the result and performance was testament to the hard work his side put in at the training ground, allowing them to change their tactics to exploit their opponents weaknesses:

“I’ve said it all season, we work really hard on the training ground, we work on three at the back, four at the back, two up front and three upfront, and that work shows when we’re able to adapt like we have done tonight. We had a game plan and I think the game plan worked outstandingly well. But the game plan only works if the players commit to it and they have done, they were brilliant tonight.

It was always the plan to come to Wrexham and play three at the back, it would suit the way we play against them, I thought we highlighted their weaknesses by playing in that shape and it was the plan even before the Aldershot game on Saturday.

Our tactic was pretty much to use the wide players, Josh Kay was more of an attacker and Rhys Norrington-Davies was magnificent on his return too. The plan was to get balls into the box and hopefully finish our chances and we’ve done that today.”

 

The gaffer confirmed that the Bluebirds had extended Lewis Hardcastle’s loan for an extra month, and confirmed he has one eye on the summer and keeping hold of the Bluebirds top performers this season as well as focusing on the rest of this season:

“I’ve had a meeting with the board, they know where I stand on it, and I think we’re on with it. It’s important that we don’t have wholesale transitions in the summer, we need to keep the better ones and add around them. If we can do that, keep them and add one or two around what we’ve got then we are in a good place and we can move into next season really looking forward to it, but first and foremost lets see how many points we can get out of it this season.”

 

Evatt reserved a word too for the Bluebirds superb travelling support, with 95 supporters making themselves heard throughout the game:

“I hope the Barrow fans who traveled in their numbers are ever so pleased with the performance too, they were superb all night.”