Bolton Wanderers signed off their pre-season schedule with a draw at home against Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
The Trotters took the lead against the Ewood Park side through defender George Johnston before half-time.
They doubled their lead after the break when Oladapo Afolayan's good work on the left hand side and shot was put into his own net by Hayden Carter.
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But Rovers rallied when Tony Mowbray made a quadruple change and Chile international Ben Brereton found the back of the net twice to ensure the friendly ended all square, as Wanderers fans returned to the University of Bolton Stadium for the first time in more than 500 days.
After the match, Wanderers manager Ian Evatt spoke to the press and here's his immediate reaction.
The positives outweigh the negatives?
"I’m pleased that it’s ended up that way because if you win the game 2-0, 3-0 against Championship opposition, you might be a bit over confident for next week.
"That really refocuses our mind and know that we’ve still got improvements to make. Monday morning, we’ll come in and the standards will be high and we’ll attack next week. We’ll have everybody back next week and that’s pleasing.
"We’re missing Rico (Ricardo Santos), who is huge for us, Kieran Lee, Nathan Delfouneso - loads of players - and Eoin Doyle’s been off for so long. George Johnston’s been training a day, Lloyd Isgrove’s been training a day, we’re going to improve from that and that’s really exciting for me.”
What about those players you’ve mentioned being available for next Saturday?
“They’ll all be available, how fit they are is the question because with this, once you do come back, you don’t really know how your lungs are going to take to the rigours or training until you start.
"Some people are further away and it’s affected some people worse than others. Obviously Gillo as well, I’ve not mentioned Matt Gilks, who is huge for us.
"Considering we’ve got half a team out and they’ve got a strike force of Armstrong who is valued at £15m-£20m and Sam Gallagher out, we’ve competed really well.”
Have you got the competition for places now? Is that a bigger problem than you were expecting for next week when you select the starting XI?
“Yeah it’s going to be tough to select a starting XI, especially when you get all those back, but that’s what we wanted.
"You add those names to what you’ve seen today and as a Bolton fan, you’ve got to be excited because that’s a strong squad and we’ve played some really good quality football today and should have probably won the game, but we didn’t lose it, which is important.
"We’ve been unbeaten in pre-season and we’ll build on that for next week.”
What about the fans and supporters returning?
“For me, as well as enjoying watching my team play, that’s the highlight of the day. To have that atmosphere and both sets of fans made it like that to be honest.
"Both sets of fans have showed that rivalry, that atmosphere, and I think the players bounced off that and the standard of the game and the competitive edge in the game increased because of that.”