(From The Mail) The pressure on Barrow AFC to pick up results at home was no excuse for their collapse against Dover Athletic on Saturday, insists manager Ian Evatt.

The Bluebirds have struggled for victories at Holker Street in recent months, but they looked to be strolling to victory against Dover when Lewis Hardcastle put them 2-0 up with a quarter of the game left.

Instead, they conceded three times in the last 16 minutes to crash to a 3-2 defeat that left Evatt fuming with his players, as he feels such a collapse has happened too often this season.

AFC have still only won in front of their own crowd three times since October, with Evatt believing his players should have no reason for feeling nervous while playing at home.

He said: “There’s no excuses, I’m not going to sit here and stick up for anybody.

“If they can’t deal with 1500 fans – which is fantastic, by the way – moaning about how they’re playing or kicking a ball forward, that’s not pressure.

“Pressure is 80-90,000 people at Wembley Stadium for a Championship play-off final, where there’s £120 million [at stake]. That’s pressure.”

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