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MATCH REACTION: Ian Evatt 'proud' despite controversy in Burton Albion draw

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

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Ian Evatt didn’t need to talk extensively about a controversially disallowed goal against Burton, nor a late penalty shot turned down by referee Joshua Smith… he had a nationwide TV audience to do that for him.

Kieran Lee’s effort ruled out for offside against Eoin Doyle and an injury time shove by Frazer Blake-Tracy on Nathan Delfouneso were the two main talking points for anyone who watched an entertaining goalless draw at the UniBol.

The Wanderers boss bit his lip after the final whistle having already been shown a yellow card on the pitch and also calmly approached the Peterborough official for comment on his way back down the tunnel.

That discussion continued after the game – but Evatt eventually appeared in the press room after the game feeling vindicated with his view.

“I think everyone that saw it back, and fortunately that was the whole of the country saw that it was a goal and a stonewall penalty at the end,” he said.

On waiting the obligatory 30 minutes to see referee Smith after the game, Evatt felt it had been a pointless exercise.

“I don’t know why I did. I am sat here thinking ‘why did I bother?’ “It is difficult for officials, things happen quickly and we all make mistakes.

“But rather than speak about that, I’d rather speak about how good my team were.”

The stats certainly back-up Evatt’s view on that front, too, although of 20 shots on goal only four were put on target.

“People can say that but there were eight bodies in the box – it is bound to hit one,” he said of the succession of chances which built up towards the end when John Brayford had been sent off for the visitors for two bookable offences.

“If it was a boxing match they would have stopped it. And the pleasing thing for me was that 74 per cent possession translated into final third detail, shots, creation of opportunities. And regardless of those two incidents we had opportunities to score and should have scored.

“But I am so proud of them because they showed the whole country what a good team they are.

“I think that is the best we have played, certainly this season with the exception of Lincoln, possibly.

“We have done everything but score but probably the least said about that the better.”


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