A FRUSTRATED Ian Evatt has challenged his attacking players to take some pressure off Eoin Doyle’s shoulders and start chipping in with more goals.

After watching his Wanderers side held to a goalless draw by struggling Colchester United, Evatt admitted that too many of his front five were “below par” on the day.

Doyle has been directly responsible for 33 per cent of Bolton’s goals in League Two this season and had a seemingly legitimate effort ruled out for offside in the first half against the U’s.

Evatt, whose side move on to a tough-looking Easter Monday game at Newport, feels the players around Doyle needed to raise their game.

“I feel for the back six because they have defended outstandingly well and kept another clean sheet,” he said. “But the forward players, whoever is on the pitch at that time, have to do more. They have to create more and score goals, it is that simple.

“We need to have more belief and be better at what we do. It can’t always be Eoin Doyle.

“Other people have to start chipping in. They have to.

“We also have to realise there is some respect from the opposition and teams are not coming here to win games any more.

“Colchester are celebrating a draw like it is an FA Cup final, and fair play to them because that is what they need to stay in this division.

“But we have to find solutions to what they are doing. We need that first goal, it’s all important.”

Evatt was frustrated at Colchester’s time-wasting in both halves but admits the U’s approach is typical of sides coming to the UniBol these days.

“Newport should be a slightly different game. They should have a go at us, which would suit us in many ways,” he said.

“What happened there is a rarity at this level, teams giving you that amount of respect and just sitting back, camping in to make it extremely difficult. But we had enough to be ahead, we should have been ahead, and it would have completely changed what they did second half. Instead they grew in confidence.

“They had a right go, Colchester, you can’t take that away from them. They ran their socks off and defended for their lives. With a new manager in charge that is what normally happens, and we knew it would.

“I am just frustrated because I felt first half we deserved to be ahead.”