Ian Evatt’s League One admission in Bolton’s Plymouth loss & Argyle coaches’ honesty on result


Wanderers suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Pilgrims at Home Park

Ian Evatt believes the top sides in League One would play worse than Bolton Wanderers did in the loss to Plymouth Argyle but still have scored four to five goals if they had crafted the chances the Whites had.

Wanderers had started the first half of the encounter at Home Park well and went close to going ahead through Kieran Lee in the opening 30 minutes, but his effort was deflected wide. Conor Bradley also saw a low effort go wide of goal.

But Wanderers were meant to pay for defensive frailties when Niall Ennis got the better of skipper Ricardo Santos to slot past James Trafford. It was a sucker punch for the visitors.

The Whites should have equalised after the break when Amadou Bakayoko’s effort was saved and pushed onto the post by Pilgrims goalkeeper Michael Cooper. But Ryan Hardie fired home a late second to ensure the hosts would claim the three points.

Bolton’s displays in both boxes was criticised by Evatt immediatly after the defeat. Despite controlling the game, it was decided in Plymouth’s favour with the moments at both ends of the pitch.

Wanderers harbour promotion aspirations this season and to be in the top six by the end of the campaign, But Evatt believes the top sides in League One would have played worse than Bolton and still won.

Not only that, he feels the division’s top dogs would have put away their chances. Evatt wants his side to improve and said even the Plymouth coaching staff told him his side should not have lost at Home Park.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “The top teams in this league would play a lot worse than that and still win games. If they would have had our chances today, they would have scored four or five, simple as that. That’s the difference for me.

“It’s difficult for defenders when you’re dominating so much and you’re having very little defending to do to stay concentrated for 90 minutes, but they have to be better at it. They can’t give team a sniff and that’s being ruthless and clinical in their own way and then the final third, it’s concentration, technique, belief, all of these things.

“We have to be better at them because everybody in this stadium knows we should never lose that game today. Their coaches are saying you should never lose that game today, everyone can see it, but we have so we have to fix it and improve, simple as that.”


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