Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers a few questions following the 2-0 defeat at home to Sunderland.

Q: Although Saturday's result was difficult to stomach, how pleased were you with the performance against Sunderland?
A1: The performance against a good Sunderland team was excellent. 
There was obviously major turning points and I am not going to labour on them but a penalty miss, a follow up miss and a sending off within minutes are huge factors.
One team deserved to win and didn’t, but our response is to put it behind us and look ahead. We cannot feel sorry for ourselves and we must just continue to work hard.
Q: Following the defeat to MK Dons our performances have got progressively better; how surprised/frustrated are you that our displays have gone without reward in the last two weeks?
A2: It is baffling to all of us, but such is football you have to work through these spells.
The performances, particularly in the last three matches have been excellent, but if you do not take your chances you do not win matches.
Q: Our efforts have deserved a lot more without doubt. What will your main message to the squad be ahead of Tuesday's game at Crewe?
A3: The message is very clear, more of the same but with an end product.
The lads will be told to go and play good football and I know by playing as we are we will win lots of matches.
Q: It's been a tough run of fixtures for sure. Is the division proving tougher than even you expected?
A4: No absolutely not. League 1 is very strong, a great league and one we will embrace.
Our squad, although depleted at times with injuries, is full of ability and the lads have a great desire to do well.
Q: Alex MacDonald misses three games now due to suspension. You said you had no complaints about the red card; are you expecting anyone to return for the Crewe game, possibly Josh Eccles?
A5: Alex MacDonald let everyone down yesterday and none more so than himself.
He will be disciplined in line with the players' code of conduct. I know how hurt the lad is but we must now all move on from it.
We have several knocks from yesterday so it will be tomorrow before I can name a squad to travel to Crewe.
Q: What type of game are you expecting Tuesday?
A6: Again, very tough, for me they are an excellent team.
Q: You've managed hundreds of games during your career. How much of your experience is needed during this tricky period?
A7: My experience lets me know they boys are playing very well, but getting no reward.
All our focus is on the next match we play and I can assure everyone the atmosphere in the camp will be as positive as it was when we made an excellent start to the season.