‘Out of his depth’, ‘Last straw’ – Many fans react as Bolton manager makes controversial comments

Bolton Wanderers were held 1-1 by Cambridge United yesterday and remain just one point clear of the bottom two after eight games.

Ian Evatt’s tough start to the season continued against high-flying Cambridge, who went into the game leading the table. After a tepid first half, Bolton almost took the lead early in the second period. Ali Crawford found exciting youngster Harry Brockbank, but his tap-in was ruled out for offside.

Sadly for Evatt’s side, it was the home side who took the lead on 72 minutes. Jack Iredale’s cross from the left should have been routine for on-loan keeper Billy Crellin, but he punched the ball into his own net. The 20-year-old has previously played for England up to Under 20 level, but has struggled in his first proper spell in the Football League.

Cambridge couldn’t hold out for the win that would keep them top though, Ali Crawford found Antoni Sarcevic on 82 minutes, with the Trotters’ captain finishing with aplomb. They could have snatched it too, Cambridge stopper Mitov denying Nathan Delfouneso’s right at the death.

Whilst the result wasn’t a disaster for Evatt, his post-match comments might come back to bite him. He openly criticised the young keeper Crellin, saying: “He cost us the first goal in my opinion at Barrow on Tuesday, maybe the second one as well, and then today. This is me saying to him publicly ‘Man Up’. I’ve had that conversation privately, this is a man’s game.”

Whilst that might be an acceptable conversation in the dressing room, Evatt’s comment has divided opinion on social media this morning, as you’ll see below.


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