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Evatt: We'll Be Hard To Beat

9 November 2012

Defender On New Start

Ian Evatt says that everything has been positive following the arrival of manager Michael Appleton, with the team firmly focussed on becoming hard to beat. 

A new era is now underway at Bloomfield Road and the players are determined to build on a midweek victory by climbing back up the table. 

“Everything seems positive,” the defender said. “We’ve looked at a few things and at areas where we need to improve and one of those includes being harder to beat. 

“We’re going to make sure that teams have to work very hard to score against us because in recent weeks we’ve conceded far too many goals.”

The Seasiders face Bolton Wanderers in the manager’s first game tomorrow and his first few days in the office have brought a little change.   

“There’s a freshness and that’s what we needed, a new start, a fresh start and a new direction to go in,” Evatt admitted. “The gaffer is trying to do that, obviously it’s a result-orientated business but hopefully we’ll get the right results. 

“We’ve got a great squad of players that are capable of great things, so hopefully we can go on to prove that this season. Hopefully we can do something tomorrow and then push on for the rest of the season.”

Evatt missed out against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night due to suspension and he acknowledges that he’ll have to fight for his place back, with Craig Cathcart and Alex Baptiste keeping a clean sheet. 

“That’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. When you get suspended you give other people opportunities, and the team played very well on Tuesday so there’ll be no qualms from me. I’ll just bite the bullet and keep working hard and hopefully get back in the side sooner rather than later,” he added.

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