Bolton Wanderers slipped to their third successive defeat in League One with a loss against table toppers Plymouth Argyle.

Wanderers fell behind in the first half to a quickfire double from the hosts scored by Brendan Galloway and Conor Grant.

Bolton tried to find a way back into the encounter, but in increasingly treacherous weather condtions as the rain got heavier and heavier in Devon, Ryan Broom scored the Pilgrims' third as full-time approached.

The result leaves Wanderers 11th in League One, with their next encounter this Saturday at home against Gillingham.

After the game, Wanderers manager Ian Evatt spoke to the press and here's his initial reaction to the encounter, dropping Antoni Sarcevic and Eoin Doyle to the bench, and the 'borderline unplayable' pitch as the encounter wore on.

What is your assessment?

“Naive, soft, didn’t start the game well enough. Everyone can see the conditions and we’re still trying to play out in conditions that aren’t conducive to that. We concede two set plays, twoo poor set plays and give yourself an uphill battle and struggle.

“On the back of a hiding, the last thing you want to do is concede early and then concede again. We got to half-time, had the conditions in our favour in the second half and you have to argue that we had better moments than them in the entire game, but again, we didn’t take them.

“We got punished with an absolute comical goal at the end and we’re still trying to play short when the pitch is borderline unplayable. It’s tough, we’ve had a really difficult week as a group. It was never always going to be sweetness and light.

“We’re a newly promoted team and we are going to have runs and spells like this. It’s how we come together and fight and try and get the right result on Saturday.”

What’s the biggest problem you’ve got?

“Scoring goals obviously, but not just that. For me it’s playing what the game gives you, playing the conditions and that might not always be the weather conditions. It might be the opposition.

"I think we’ve got a really nasty habit at the minute of getting behind in games and shooting ourselves in the foot and once we go behind in games, at the moment because we haven’t been scoring like we should, we seem to lack confidence and we lack a bit of belief.

“All we can do is keep our heads down, keep working hard and keep fighting and we will do.”

You dropped two senior players to the bench tonight, was that a really big call?

“Yes and no. Other people have been chomping at the bit for an opportunity. The gameplan was to look at our front three against their back three and try and isolate them in one v one situations and we felt in the conditions and with his presence and mobility that Baka would be a better nine for us tonight.

“Nothing that either have done wrong, we just felt that was the right way to go.”

Have you got a number of players out of form at the moment?

“We’ve also got a number of players missing and we have to remember that as well. We’ve just lost three straight games and lost them without scoring a goal and we’ve lost the last two heavily.

"I’d argue tonight wasn’t really a heavy defeat. I think the scoreline is harsh on us but that’s the way it goes sometimes, but also that’s a week of football and all of a sudden it feels like we’re on a really bad run and we’re a really bad team and it’s not actually that bad.

“It’s been a week of football and a week ago, you were saying what a great start to the season it’s been when we played Shrewsbury and beat Shrewsbury. We haven’t become a bad team, we’ve just lost a bit of belief, lost a bit of confidence and been on the rough end of a couple of poor results. We’re playing and have had some really difficult fixtures these last couple of months.

“We’ve been away from home against most of the top teams. We’ve played Wigan at home, another top team, we just need to ride the storm really and stick together as the playing squad, as the staff and as the fans behind us and if we do that, I think we’ll get out of this run sooner rather than later.”