Evatt | Frustrating Not To Win

Evatt applause Burton

Ian Evatt praised his side’s resilience but felt they should have taken more than a point from Burton after coming from behind at the Pirelli Stadium, writes Pete Oliver.

Wanderers conceded just after the break as they faced the prospect of a second successive defeat following last weekend’s loss to Wigan.

But Evatt’s men responded in positive fashion and after Dion Charles 58th-minute equaliser had chances to go on and secure a fourth win in five league games which would have taken them back to the top of the League One table.

“I think we can do better and we know we can,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

Evatt Williams touchline Burton

“I’m pleased with the way they rallied because it would have been easy after going behind to be feeling sorry for ourselves. We picked ourselves up, grabbed hold of the game and the only real frustrating thing is that it’s a game we should have won.

“We’ve banged on the door enough in the second half to win it. Dion’s obviously taken his goal really well and then we had some critical chances but that’s the frustration that we haven’t taken all three points.

“It’s a game we should have won. I don’t think, first half, we started great and for 20 minutes they put us under real pressure and we didn’t make the right decisions.

“We looked a bit nervy, which is understandable after last week as that really rocked us, and then we grew into it and got progressively better as the half went on and created one or two opportunities.

“Second half, with Rico going off isn’t ideal, and we didn’t start at all well and made a critical error inside the first minute and gave them the opportunity. To be fair, after that, we rallied and took over the game. Weve missed some really critical chances that should have put the game to bed.”

Evatt instructions Burton

Evatt admitted the injury to skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos is a concern after the defender was unable to come out for the second half of the 1-1 draw with an ankle problem and could be out for a while.

And the Wanderers’ boss also called for some perspective to Wanderers’ start to the season after putting 10 points on the board already.

“We’re trying our best. Yes, we’ve had a slight dip last week and at times today but this is a difficult place to come, it always has been, and we’ll take our point and work hard to progress moving forward,” Evatt added.

“It has been a good start. I said in pre-season, there’s a complete difference between ambition and entitlement and it just feels at the minute that everyone feels a little bit entitled, given the start of the season we’ve had.  Being third in the league and averaging two points a game, for me, isn't a crisis by any means.

"We were humbled last week, we didn’t perform well enough and today in the first half wasn’t to our level. We’re working hard to be at that level and it’s a game we should have won, but we have to accept that and move on with big games on Tuesday and then against Derby on Saturday.”

Wanderers face Middlesbrough at home in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night before the entertaining the Rams next weekend.

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