Managers Reaction: Yeovil Town (H)

Ian Evatt’s thoughts on our win over Yeovil!

Bluebirds boss Ian Evatt said his sides second half performance meant they deserved the three points they got against Yeovil Town at the Progression Solicitors Stadium on Saturday.

“I think we deserved it really, I wish someone would turn this wind machine off though! It seems to be fine through the week and then come a Saturday it’s terrible.

The first half was scrappy, but the second half was much better and we came into it more and should have killed them off. I must say credit to our goalkeeper and back four, Jason Taylor has moved back there with Sam Hird and I thought they were magnificent.”

It’s just frustrating that we’re not killing teams off with these chances but hopefully that changes.”

 

As well as for his defence, the manager reserved special praise for his forward players, particularly Scott Quigley who grabbed the only goal of the game.

“The front three were a threat and I’m really pleased for Scott Quigley as well. Sometimes when you give players big contracts, a three year deal with him, they have to produce the goods really quickly or the crowd are on them! The first couple of games Scott wasn’t really himself but he has shown in the last week or so why we’ve signed him.

We’ve got some players that can really do some damage and hurt the opposition. Olly Dyson came in today and he was excellent, Dior is looking a threat, Scott Quigley is scoring and then we’ve got Jack Hindle, Josh Kay and Morgan Penfold to add to that. We’ve got some real good players.

It’s just frustrating that we’re not killing teams off with these chances but hopefully that changes.”

 

Many fans may have been surprised to see captain Josh Granite miss out for the visit of Yeovil, but Evatt was keen to point out that it is a sign of how his squad can adapt based on the opposition they face and backed Granite to bounce back.

“It’s hard picking a team. I don’t expect everyone to be happy if they’re not in the team, but what I expect is for their attitudes to be spot on and for them to work their socks off to get back in the team. I know the lads that are out of it are the minute are doing that.

Josh got left out today but it could have been anyone. I had a look at Yeovil, watched three of their games and came up with a plan to beat them. It’s horses for courses in this division, every game is different and he will come back and be a big player for us.

He’s an excellent captain and I think the world of the guy, he was obviously disappointed today but he will come back bigger and stronger.”

 

After a tough start the Gaffer reiterated his call for calm heads at what is only the start of a long season.

“We can’t get panicky after four games like some were. Expectations have changed, my expectations have changed and I think everyones had. With the start we had we got a bit nervy but we have had tough games and you have to give credit to the opposition. Have we been blown away by anybody though? Definitely not. Should we have more points? Probably.

Football is a rollercoaster, you can’t get too high with the highs and you can’t get too low with the lows. You have to maintain some sort of stability. And that’s difficult sometimes when everyone around you are getting nervy. We just all need to relax, it’s a long season. No play off places or trophies are handed out in August and we just have to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow.

So we have to keep working hard, we’ve got two tough games coming up next week and we will need everyone fit and firing. Hopefully we can carry on from a good win today.”

 

Next Saturday sees a return to Evatt’s former club Chesterfield, with the manager one of a few former Spireites in the Bluebirds camp who will be relishing the challenge.

“It’s a fantastic football club with a very experienced good manager. They will be hurting, they haven’t won a game yet and they will be going all out to get one over me I guess. With me being a player there for so long, and Brad Barry and Sam Hird and Josh Kay too! There is a bit of history there and we have to go there and make sure we’re not the first team they beat this season.

We will look at them, look at the game and pick a team to go out there and try and win that game. For now we have to enjoy the win, we finally don’t have a midweek game so I can have a good week on the training ground with the players and hopefully we can see more improvement from here.”