World News – GB – ‘He’s getting there’ – Bolton boss has his say in midfielder’s season so far


Ian Evatt believes that the Ligue 2 side are now passing the ball to Ali Crawford on a more regular basis

Ian Evatt believes the Bolton Wanderers are now finding a way to get creative midfielder Ali Crawford to play more often as the season progresses

Crawford, 29, was initially released by Bolton over the summer, before returning later to sign a two-year contract with the Trotters

He has since become a regular starter to Wanderers head coach Ian Evatt as the season progresses, taking on the No. 10 role

His ball ability along with his deliveries from corners and set pieces are among the main weapons in the Scotsman’s arsenal

After an inconsistent start to the campaign, Evatt now believes the Wanderers get more from the midfielder as they channel the ball to him in the right areas

Evatt said: « Ali is a fantastic footballer and the reason we quit him was because I saw that he could produce something special and something that you don’t see very often at this level

« He’s been inconsistent, there’s no two ways to do it, but it’s partly my fault because I have to find a way to give him the ball and pass the ball to him. good places for him to try things

« The last third is the most difficult area of ​​the terrain as it is probably the most condensed as there is not a lot of space and you need someone who can unlock doors that see things other people don’t see and Ali does that, but I have to get him the ball in those areas and we struggled to get him on the ball earlier in the season

« Now we find a way to do it, which is good, and the rotation in midfield is better, the rotation between forwards and midfielders gets there because relationships are built and that comes with time

« He gets there and he gets the ball in areas of the pitch where we want him to have it »

Tonight, the Wanderers face Bradford City for the second time this season, having opened the season against the Bantams in the Carabao Cup

On this occasion, Stuart McCall’s team beat Evatt’s team 2-1 at the University of Bolton stadium

But Evatt believes his team have evolved since that game in early September and are better than they were then

He said: « I saw a lot of them Stuart went to 4-3-3 on Saturday and was open and honest after the game and said they got it wrong so they went back to three to halfway through the second half and were more successful

« They beat us earlier in the season and have a plan which I think will be similar

« I think we’ve grown as a team since then, I think we’re better than then, and that’s what we are doing

« It’s not about arrogance, it’s about my faith in the team If they can produce consistent performances which they have shown in the blink of an eye – and on Saturday they were excellent for long periods – then they will gain more than they will lose »

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