Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt has admitted to The Bolton News that his side failed to do the basics right last night as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by non league Stockport County.
The National League side humbled their EFL visitors during the game at Edgeley Park and eventually emerged as 5-3 winners after what was a pulsating cup tie.
Bolton were guilty for giving up what appeared to be a comfortable lead and in the end found their goal being peppered by the Stockport attack for much of the game as they struggled to gain a foothold in midfield.
Speaking after the game, Evatt was quick to give his assessment of the performance that he had seen from his side:
“From minute one to 120 we were not ourselves.
“We got embroiled in a cup tie. Made it transitional and end-to-end and we didn’t do the basics at all, which means you’ll get beat.”
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To make matters worse for the Trotters, midfielder Josh Sheehan could be set for a spell out on the sidelines after potentially sustaining damage to his ligament.
The club are currently awaiting the results of a scan on the player’s knee at present.
A lot of questions are now going to be asked of Evatt as this defeat only adds to the woes that they have experienced of late in the league.
To lose to any side in this manner is embarrassing but to do it against a side in non league is arguably even worse.
Bolton need to pick themselves up quickly from this defeat and focus all their attentions on moving up the league standings.
Getting the fans back on side as soon as possible also has to be a big focus after the events of last night’s damaging defeat.