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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans reflects on Saturday's draw at Sunderland.

31 January 2021

The manager delivers his usual Sunday round-up.

Q: It's a long trip back from The Stadium of Light; was it made more enjoyable following a fine performance, and a satisfying result?
A1: It was certainly a case of we left two points behind. We dominated for long spells and had to endure the very poor decision to give Sunderland a penalty.
The boys played some great football at times, won the important battles and deserved all three points.
In fairness the Sunderland back room team acknowledged such after the match.
Q: To have fallen behind twice, and hit back twice, against a top side who concede very few goals, you must have been proud of your men?
A2: We are always capable of scoring goals, we are indeed a real threat.
Yesterday we conceded a freak deflected goal and a penalty which the referee guesses I assume, and gets that all wrong.
It’s back to the training ground and we get back to work.
Q: Good to see Macca get his first for the club in what was a very strong individual performance?
A3: Alex gives you everything he has and he got his reward yesterday with a goal.
A super strike minutes later deserved more than watch it come back down off the underside of the crossbar.
He must continue to work hard as he faces some good competition.
Q: As the game entered the closing stages we began to exert heavy pressure and we got our rewards following a fine team move?
A4: We dominated most of the match and of course the last twenty minutes was an onslaught at the goal.
We deserved to win, it’s that simple!
Q: Kyle Dempsey came off early in the second half. Is he okay?
A5: Kyle was having a major positive influence on the game but he felt his calf tighten up so he had to be withdrawn.
He will be scanned tomorrow and we will know much more then.
Q: Connor Ogilvie made his 150th appearance for the club yesterday; he's been a great servant and one of our most consistent performers?
A6: Connor is a top player and a great person.
He continues to produce top class performances and is a top Championship player playing in League One.
Q: It's Lincoln on Sky next. Will you ask for repeat performances from yesterday and Tuesday?
A7: Lincoln are an outstanding team and, given the investment in the team, they should be challenging for promotion.
Any team finishing above them come May will, for me, be playing Championship football next season.
Michael Appleton said he believed his team made Doncaster Rovers look very ordinary yesterday, I think they are a superb team so it demonstrates the size of our task on Friday.
We will need to produce a season's best performance to compete.
Q: The transfer deadline is fast approaching; in an ideal world what business would you like to conduct before the window shuts?
A8: There is a lot of work going on for that to happen but we won’t be signing anyone for the sake of adding to the group.

We have an excellent squad, albeit very small in numbers, and they need help with at least a couple of fresh faces who can help us.

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