Barrow manager Ian Evatt insist his side fear nobody ahead of their trip to Leyton tomorrow. The Bluebirds have picked up a win and a defeat in their opening two games but Evatt maintains his side will play their own game at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to nwemail.com “we fear nobody and we’ll go out there and play how we do and do what we do”.
Evatt’s men travel South to the Capital to take on promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient but the 36 year old believes that his players will stand up to the occasion, “they’ve got some good players it’s as simple as that. They’ve got some experienced players who have played at a lot higher level but we’ve got nothing to fear“
Barrow suffered a 2-0 defeat at Halifax on Tuesday evening, goals from Dayle Southwell and Matty Brown were the difference. Evatt was pleased with his sides performance and highlighted that his side dominated possession but need to improve their decision making. Speaking to nwemail.com “the performance was excellent, but we got caught with two sucker punches. A sloppy goal on half time then a set piece in the last minute off the game. Other than that we controlled the game, we just weren’t clinical enough and ruthless enough when we got in the final third”
- One win in last six away from home – W1 D3 L2
- Win came 1-0 at Guiseley
- Last three away wins and four of last five have ended 1-0
In a summer of change at Holker Street 16 new faces entered the building with Evatt challenged to overhaul a squad of players which survived the drop on the final day. Following their opening day victory over Havant & Waterlooville, the former Chesterfield caretaker highlighted his side are still improving. Speaking to nwemail.co.uk “this is a new group with ten debuts on Saturday, we are only going to get better, that’s what exciting for me and that we haven’t seen anything yet. I think we’re going to carry on to improve an go again”.
Dan Jones was the only player who started the last game of last season and the first game of the this season. Evatt understands that the longer his side are together, the more they will progress and get better, “we’ll work hard and again I can’t emphasise enough that this a new group and that we are learning on the job and progressing as weeks go on”.
Striker Jack Hindle continued his fine pre season form, netting a brace on his professional debut last weekend. The summer signing from Colwyn Bay is loving his start at Holker Street, speaking to nwemail.com after his first goals for the club “It was great, I’m buzzing for the lads, we worked really hard in pre season. I’ve enjoyed every session we’ve done since coming in”.
- Hindle was involved in 34 goals last season (13 scored, 21 assists)
- Netted five in pre season – including a hat trick against Lancaster City an brace against Carlisle
Barrow survived on the final day last season and will want to improve this season with Hindle highlighting his ambition. “We have a lot of new lads but I’d like to try and finish in that top seven for the play offs”. He added “some of the lads have played in the football league and they bring some good experience with them. With the youth around them as well I think we’ve got a really good chance of making that top seven”.
Defensive duo Brian Wilson (calf) and Matt Elsdon (knee) look set to miss the trip to Leyton after picking up injuries in Tuesday’s defeat at Halifax. Jacob Blyth and Joel Dixon are nearing match fitness but Saturday’s game will come to early. Lee Molyneux serves the final game of his suspension after a red card for Chorley in the play offs last season.
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