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Ian Evatt Pre Barnet

3 May 2018

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Ahead of Saturday’s final match of the season with Barnet (3pm), caretaker manager Ian Evatt spoke to the media, here’s some of what he had to say…….

On applying for the manager’s job: “It’s still under consideration, but it’s a possibility and I think I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t.

“It’s a difficult one as I still love playing, whatever role this club sees fit for me to have I’ll do to the best of my ability.”

On performances: “I thought we were very unlucky against Wycombe on Saturday, they won on two set-pieces and I thought we had the better chances.

“On Tuesday night I wasn’t happy at all with the first half, but we changed things at half time and it shows bravery and we came out second half and it was great to watch. We should’ve been two or three up and that was good to see.”

On Drew Talbot and characters: “I’ve known Drew for a long a time and I can give the armband and the shirt and I know exactly what I’m getting from him.

“This club moving forwards needs to have a strong spine of men, the right characters who have the right values, desires and lead by example in training, and Drew is certainly one that does that.”

On Jack Holmes: “He’s only 17 and has had a great season in terms of winning the youth player of the year.

“And we need to reward that, show that there’s an opportunity for young players that they can get into the first team if they do the right things.

“He’s conducted himself well on and off the pitch and that’s the way we need to go in my opinion, reward the younger players when they’re doing well and make them become an asset to this football club and Jack will become that.”

On the Town fans: “Well let’s go back to the gentleman (Peter Stockton) who came on the pitch at the start of the game.

“It just says to me what this club and football is all about, seeing him come onto the pitch knowing he’s got a terminal illness, but still wanting to be a part of the last home league fixture of the season.

“And that’s what’s been lacking, the gap between the club and the fans is as big as I’ve ever known it, and we have to get their respect back, starting with the win on Tuesday, and hopefully going to Barnet and winning on Saturday.”

On Barnet team news: “Sid Nelson won’t be available, we’re awaiting results back of his scans and we’ve sent him back to Millwall and he’ll have treatment there.

“Giles Coke has trained today and looks ok, we’ll see how his injury is tomorrow (Friday), but if everything looks ok, he’ll be in the squad on Saturday.”

On Barnet: “We want to go there and win it’s as simple as that, if they think we’re just going to go there, turn up and rollover they’ve got another thing coming, because I won’t stand for that.

“My team will go there and give 110 per cent, do the right things and get the right result.”

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