Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt on Burton Albion loss, set plays providing costly and team selection

Bolton Wanderers’ League One unbeaten run came to an end at seven matches following a 3-1 loss on the road to Burton Albion.

The Brewers went ahead thanks to Joe Powell’s close range finish after eight minutes and things got worse when John Brayford headed past James Trafford.

Wanderers then went three down on 18 minutes when Brayford headed home his second of the game as Bolton conceded three goals from set pieces.

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Bolton improved a bit after the break and reduced the deficit late on when Dion Charles came off the bench to grab one back before full-time, but Wanderers ultimately tasted defeat at the Pirelli Stadium.

After the game, Wanderers boss Ian Evatt spoke to the press and here’s his immediate reaction.

What went wrong?

“Seven minutes of not dealing with set plays. Two corners and a long throw. I picked the biggest team I possibly could because I knew what was coming. Everyone could see the conditions, we knew what they were about and we just didn’t individually do our jobs and deal with our men.

“That’s cost us the game and other than that, I don’t think they had a shot on goal. I think it was all us but we’ve got to hold ourselves accountable for not doing the basics well enough and it’s annoying and frustrating .”

Was it just seven minutes of madness or was it a bit worse than that?

“I don’t know what else they did in the game other than corners and throws ins. I don’t see anything else. We had the better open play chances in the first half.

We just didn’t deal with the throw ins and the two corners and every set piece they had in the first half, it looked like they were going to score.

“But other than that there was nothing. When you come to these games and these grounds you’ve got to cope with that and it seems to be a deficiency and an Achilles heel for us at the moment.”

“Whether I have got the team wrong or not, I don’t know. I will be the first one to analyze that – I am my biggest critic and also my biggest fan.

“I have to look at things. I picked the biggest team I could because I knew what was coming and it didn’t work out.

“We set a number and a target inside our four walls for what we need to do to have an opportunity and losing this game doesn’t really change anything, it just makes it harder.

“Our margin for error is even finer now. I am just sorry for our fans who have come all this way to see us get beat. We huffed and puffed in the second half and did the best we could but it is tough in these conditions.”

Did that surprise you what you saw for that seven minutes of madness, given what you’ve done in the last six weeks?

“That does not mean that’s forgotten and we can’t dwell on what has happened. We are apologetic but we just have to be better at dealing with it.

“If you look at the stats before the game, we don’t score many set plays but we also don’t concede many – we’re right up the top of the table.

“It is inexplicable and something where we have just not done our job well enough.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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