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Gillingham manager Steve Evans says team's performance for first 70 minutes was better than Wigan Athletic at Bolton Wanderers


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Steve Evans wants to ask Bolton Wanderers fans a question - and he thinks he knows the answer.

The Gillingham boss saw his team race into a two-goal lead at Bolton on Saturday before two goals in the last four minutes saw the hosts salvage a point.

Gills boss Steve Evans says his team performed better against Bolton than Wigan did for the first 70 minutes. Picture: Andy Jones
Gills boss Steve Evans says his team performed better against Bolton than Wigan did for the first 70 minutes. Picture: Andy Jones

For 70 minutes it was an excellent display by Evans’ Gillingham side - a performance he believes was even better than when Wigan won 4-0 at Bolton the previous week.

Wigan were 2-0 up early in the second half, added a third midway through the half and a fourth goal late on.

“That performance for 70 minutes was probably the best there has been here,” claimed Evans.

“He (Bolton manager Ian Evatt) won’t say that because he never does. I’m looking at the Wigan performance (at Bolton) for 70 minutes - they had late goals to make it 4-0.

“I think if you ask the Bolton fans who was the best team here after 70 minutes, Wigan or Gillingham? I think there’s one answer.

“We should be six up, seven up - we’re not. We paid the price, simple.”

Evans knows that Bolton were fortunate to avoid defeat - and likened it to a popular board game.

“To use a Monopoly expression, they were in jail weren’t they?” he stated.

“They were in jail completely. They didn’t know what to do and we were making chances to make it three, four, five, six.

“The third goal was the essential goal, we spoke about that at half-time. We said if they get one, unless it’s in the last seconds, it’s going to make it an interesting time and it certainly was.”

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