Bradford suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season as they lost 3-0 to Lincoln in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
This followed on from their 2-0 defeat to Leyton Orient in League Two at the weekend, which was their first loss of the league campaign.
Derek Adams’ team kicked off their League Two season with three wins and a draw in their first four matches, but have now lost two on the spin in all competitions.
Tom Hopper and Hakeeb Adelakun put Lincoln 2-0 up heading into half-time and Anthony Scully rounded off the scoring in the 49th minute with their third. Bradford were torn apart and had several underperforming players, but one – in particular – let Adams down with his performance – Gareth Evans.
The experienced midfielder has been there and done it in League Two and League One, but his vast pedigree at this level did not come through in his performance against Lincoln. He has 135 League One appearances and 366 in League Two under his belt throughout his career, but he was unable to showcase his class against the third-tier outfit.
Per SofaScore, Evans had the lowest rating out of all the outfield players for Bradford at 5.9. This suggests that, despite his experience, he was the worst outfield player on the pitch for the Bantams.
Defensively, the midfielder struggled badly. He lost a whopping 75% of his duels on the pitch, losing six of his eight battles with the opposition. He also failed to complete a single tackle, clearance, interception or block, which shows that he was not getting stuck in to help his side out, giving Lincoln an easy ride of things as they won the match comfortably.
Offensively, he had next to no impact. Per SofaScore, Evans created zero chances for his teammates from the attacking midfield position and lost possession of the ball 12 times. He also attempted three shots, with two being blocked and the other being off-target, with his one crossing attempt also failing to find a teammate.
Evans was basically a passenger in defence and attack, contributing to Bradford’s disappointing defeat at the end of the night.
Adams will surely be feeling let down that a player with Evans’ pedigree and experience of playing against this level of opposition was one of the worst-performing players on the park and he’ll be hoping that he can up his game in his next appearance.