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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans reflects on the 2-0 home defeat to Fleetwood.

25 October 2020


Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans reflects on the 2-0 home defeat to Fleetwood.

25 October 2020

Manager delivers his weekly Sunday round-up.

Q: Having reflected on what was a very good performance on Saturday, is a defeat tougher to stomach when your team played so well?


A1: Results in football will always come and our performance yesterday, for large parts, was very good.

We made a host of chances in the first period and we hit the underside of the crossbar early in the second period; that was a game changing moment.

This young group will learn from it and we will go again Tuesday.


Q: We were dominant in the last 20 minutes of the first half. A goal before the break for us could have changed the approach of both sides?


A2: Yes of course it does. A fair reflection at half time would have seen us two goals ahead as a minimum against a very good team and competitive Manager, whom I have a lot of respect for.


Q: Zech Medley shifted to left-back with Connor Ogilvie moving to the centre. How pleased were you with the defensive shape?


A3: Our shape was excellent and both can play either position. I thought both lads did very well.

We are all still very much learning what the group is about and it would be fair to say that a number of injuries to key players has affected us in the process.


Q: We created so many chances; that must be pleasing considering upcoming opposition?


A4: As I said prior to the game, Fleetwood has a superb squad of experienced lads who know League 1 very well.

When you dominate games like yesterday and the first 15 minutes versus Pompey in midweek you need to take those chances created, it’s essential or you get bitten.


Q: What was the main message to your players following the full-time whistle, considering we had the majority of possession and created very good opportunities?


A5: We spoke about the fine margins of taking chances.

The lads are giving everything they can, I am so proud to work with them.

Nothing has changed in a week, we go again Tuesday and we face another top side but they have just lost two consecutive league matches, League 1 is a serious competition.


Q: Connor Ogilvie was sent off following a second yellow card. Any complaints on his sending off?


A6: Everyone knows it's a poor sending off. The lad has had two challenges in the game but by then one of the assistant referees was having such a bad game and he was the one who asked the referee to show a second yellow.


Q: As you say it's Ipswich away on Tuesday, another tough game. How confident are you we can get a result?


A7: I am confident we can win at Ipswich but at the same time I recognise just how good a team they are.

Anything other than promotion for them this season is a disaster, so I know where the pressure is. 

Mind you if they put our dressing room as far away from the pitch as they did in the EFL Trophy fixture, we had best organise a few taxis for the lads!


Q: Will the likes of Kyle Dempsey or Vadaine Oliver be available?


A8: It is unlikely we will have anyone back. Also we will miss Connor Ogilvie through suspension.

It is likely will not be able to fill the bench again but there is no point in moaning about it, we have to deal with it.


Q: Have you anything further to add to your comments post match yesterday about the match going ahead given the Covid scare?


A9: I have nothing more to add to what I said. Let me be clear though, I stand by every word and so does my family, shoulder to shoulder in that expressed view!

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