Steve Evans Slams ‘Undeserving’ Carlisle United After Late Winner

Stevenage manager Steve Evans was far from pleased with his side’s defending during a disappointing 2-2 draw at home with League One strugglers Carlisle United.

Boro took the lead at the Lamex Stadium after a quarter of an hour when James Reid got himself on the scoresheet. However, Stevenage’s lead didn’t last very long when Republic of Ireland international Sean Maguire equalised for the visitors just five minutes later.

Having struggled to break Carlisle down for the guts of the next hour, Reid eventually added a second and it looked as though Evans’ side were set to take all three points. That was until the 90th minute when Joe Garner headed in the leveller from a superb Owen Moxon corner to the back post.

According to the BBC, Paul Simpson’s men had four shots and two on target with 43 percent of the share of possession compared to Stevenage’s 16 shots, eight on target and 57 percent of the ball.

Stevenage have temporarily gone to the top of the table but head coach Evans is still bitterly disappointed with the result, having been merely minutes away from picking up all three points.

Speaking after the game, the experienced manager claimed that Stevenage’s opponents were deserving of nothing [quotes via News & Star]:

“We played very well today, [but] we gave away two of the worst goals that a team can concede, and a team deserving of nothing get a share of the spoils.

“In spite of a good performance, individuals have to take responsibility…they’re lucky tonight because I won’t name them, but it’s two shambolic pieces of defending.

“[The first Carlisle goal] is offside. But the goalkeeper [Taye Ashby-Hammond] should deal with it. He’s further back than Sainsbury’s. He should deal with it. But he’s a young goalkeeper that we think highly of and he’ll learn from it I’m sure.”

Writer’s View

Nevertheless, the word ‘undeserved’ is becoming cliched in football when a side don’t win. The game’s rules are simple: to win, you must outscore your opponents.
Stevenage no more deserved a point than Carlisle United solely because they had more of the ball, more shots and played better. If Boro deserved to win, they would have.
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