Evatt ‘kicked where it hurts’

Ian Evatt in action against Hull City
Ian Evatt in action against Hull City
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IAN Evatt failed to get one over on the club where he started his career ... and it hurt big-time.

The Seasiders centre-half played in the Premier League for Derby and has fond memories of his time there.

But the 29-year-old didn’t enjoy Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat one bit.

Evatt was left frustrated by Pool’s failure to find a way past a stubborn Rams side and reckons he and his team-mates will have to get used to opponents being difficult to break down.

He said: “I don’t think this result will hit confidence – it is more of a kick where it hurts,” said Evatt.

“Teams will come here, especially this season, and do what Derby did and get ten men behind the ball.

“Maybe that shows how good a side we are – that teams come here with the respect they have.

“But when that happens and our plan A isn’t working, we need to come up with something else. That is down to us and no-one else.

“We just need to learn how to win again and do it on a regular basis because that is what you have to do at this level.

“No disrespect to Derby County, but we know we are the better team. I don’t think anyone can argue that. But they came to stop us and they did that.

“They managed to nick all three points, which is our fault rather than their good play.”

Evatt agreed with his manager that one bad piece of defending cost the Seasiders at least a point.

He admitted a Blackpool player should have reacted quickest when Matt Gilks parried Steven Davies’ 69th-minute free-kick. Instead, Craig Bryson was first to the ball and fired home the decisive goal.

“We had nothing to do defensively until the goal and it was a bad goal to concede on our part,” said Evatt.

“We should be sharp following in free-kicks and that is just an error. We have to follow in and that is probably down to me more than anyone else.

“We should be defending that with our lives. We didn’t. We fell asleep and maybe that was because we had so much of the ball.

“Maybe we got sloppy because we were dominating the ball and it was easy.

“We fell asleep at the wrong time and it is up to us to improve on that.

“I don’t know whether we should have won but it should have been 0-0 at least and we were naive to concede in the way we did.”