Bolton Wanderers suffered a momentum-stalling 1-1 draw with Morecambe on Tuesday evening, ending a run of six victories in a row at The UniBol.
With Plymouth Argyle, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town all winning on the same night, the Trotters’ uphill task to finish in the play-offs this season has only got steeper.
Bolton established dominance on the game for extended periods but could not break down the Shrimps’ resistance until Jon Dadi Bodvarsson rescued a point in second half additional time.
Ian Evatt aired his frustrations around Bolton’s game management when he spoke to The Bolton News.
He said: “We became too emotional, especially after the goal that they scored.
“We got embroiled in some of the spoiling tactics when, really, we should have stayed calm and composed and just carried on doing what we’re doing, because what we’re doing was really good.
“Even if if stays 0-0 until 60 or 70 minutes, eventually you’ll break their spirit because they become panicky and they start to hang on, but when you concede a goal like that, it lifts them and gives them that extra 10 per cent of energy that they need to try and hang on to the result and that’s what happened.”
A very frustrating result for Bolton, not tasting defeat will be a crumb of comfort but with the gap to sixth now seven points, the Trotters will probably have to win all nine of their remaining matches to stand a realistic chance.
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Albeit a little naive, Bolton’s desperation to get on the scoresheet and to keep their upward momentum going does show how much they care about results on the pitch.
There was an altercation between Derek Adams and Evatt in the dugout that added a bit of spice to the occasion, and it had the desired impact for the Shrimps who took a positive result from The UniBol but will have been devastated not to hold on for all three.
Wanderers host Plymouth on Saturday in an enormous game in the top six race, a must win game for Evatt or he could be better advised to start preparing for next season rather than stretching for a distant play-off dream.